Photo by H. G. Comthwaite, Terra Haute, Ind.
Retired Zonians resting on St. Pete Pier
Carl and Ethel Wanke of Whittier, Calif., their three sons and wives
and all the grand children.
Left side of table: Mrs. Fred Fitch, Mrs. Verne Mitchell,
Mrs. Arthur Beard, Mrs. Stillwell, Mrs. Chris Wirtz,
Mr. Irvin and others at California Picnic.
Mr. Wunsch, Mrs. Seller, Mr. Stillwell, Mr. Bradley
Capt. Maurenus Peterson, Mr. & Mrs. Ted Englebright,
Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Hughes, Capt. & Mrs. Callaway
C apt. and Mrs. H. B. Majilton of St. Pete.
Mr. J. A. Seville, Penn. Mrs. Pat Love. Tenn.
Mr. J. A. Seville, Penn. Mrs. Pat Love, Tenn.
The Panama Canal Society
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33,
Macon A. Turner
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Francis G. Hargy
E. M. Kieswetter
J. F. Warner
J. F. Bashner
W. H. Butler
H. H. Hudson
Harry J. Lewis
Dan E. Wright
The following six bills have been passed by the 86th Congress and
are now Public Laws:
P/L 86-28; H.R. No.
P/L 86-33; H.R. No.
P/L 86-56; H.R. No.
P/L 86-69; H.R. No.
5610 To increase the Railroad Retirement and
Unemployment Insurance Plans in the
United States. Signed 5/19/59.
4597 Provide for training of Postmasters under
Government Employment Training Act. -
5212 To revise the minimum charge on pieces
of mail of odd sizes and shapes. -
4245 Proposed Life Insurance Company Income
Tax Act of 1959. This is the first time
taxes would have to be paid on underwrit-
ing profits and capital gains-in addition
to a portion of their net investment in-
come. Signed 6/25/59.
P/L 86-73; H.R. No. 2256--To provide additional funds for direct
loans to Veterans Housing. Signed 6/30/59
P/L. 86-91; S No. 96 --Relating to Defense Department Overseas
Teachers Pay and Personnel practices. -
The following twelve bills have been reported "Out-of-Committee"
and are awaiting House and Senate action:
S-825 -Revising eligibility requirements for burial in National
S-1681 -To provide an Elected Mayor, City Council, School Board
and Non-Voting delegate to House of Representatives
from the District of Columbia. Passed Senate 7/15/59.
S-2162 -Health Benefit Program for Government Employees.
Passed Senate 7/16/59; Vote 81-4. House approval ex-
pected soon with President to sign into law. Presently
retired Government Employees are not covered by this
bill, but Senators Neuberger and Johnson said they are
working on separate legislation that would include
present retirees under a similar system.
H.R. No. 10 -Self employed individuals Retirement Act of 1959.
H.R. No. 22 -Federal Aid to Education.
H.R. No. 270 -Benefits Medal of Honor. Present pension $10.00 per
month after age 65, increased to $100.00 per month,
regardless of age. Passed House 7/20/59.
H.R. No. 4328-Handling of excess funds of Panama Canal Company.
Committee on Merchant Marine & Fisheries ordered
favorably on 7/9/59.
H.R. No. 5007-To improve administration and provide health and med-
and 5178 ical service for Civilian Employees and dependents in
Government Overseas Service.
H.R. No. 5752-Observance of Legal Holidays Passed House 6/30/59;
giving Friday off preceding Saturday Holiday. There
are 8 Saturday Holidays in period 1960 thru 1968.
H.R. No. 7577-Provide for the defense of suits against Federal Employ-
ees arising out of their operation of motor vehicles in
the scope of their employment.
H.R. No. 7650-Relating to Non-Service Connected Pensions. This bill
is a rewrite of Bill 6432. Passed House 6/15/59-
226/34. Pertains to all veterans and their dependents
from World Wars 1 and 2 and the Korean Conflict. The
contents of this bill are the result of four years of study
and the important parts of 116 pension bills pending
before the House. Effective date to be July 1st, 1960.
Following is a brief summary of the provisions of this
1st.-Would increase the amount of pension paid to
those with very low income.
2nd-Would reduce the amount of pension paid to those
whose income is at or near the top permissible
level. However, any one presently on the pension
rolls could choose between the new or old system,
whichever was to his best advantage.
3rd-Raises the ceiling of other income permitted a
pensioner without dependents from $1400.00 to
$1800.00 and those with dependents from $2700.
to $3000.00. Total income would include spouse's
income in excess of $1200.00 or 50% of her yearly
income, whichever is greater.
4th-A flat amount ($70.00) to be added to the gradu-
ated rates for aid and attendance cases, and also
provide such veterans who are in need thereof with
an "invalid lift".
5th-An increase in children rates of pension (not on
a graduated scale) and elevates their income limi-
tation to $1800. exclusive of their earned income.
6th-Authorize the V.A. to deny or discontinue pension
to claimants with excessive assets.
H.R. No. 7789-To provide for the dual account of Husband and Wife
to be insured by the Federal Saving & Loan Insurance
Corporation in amounts of 10 thousand individually &
30 thousand aggregate. Passed Senate on 7/15/59. -
Signed 7/28/59. Public Law 86-112.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
As of June 30, 1958, there were 105,356 Employee Annuitants in a
Grand Total of 311,922 on the Civil Service Retirement Roll, receiving
less than $100.00 per month. This lower bracket group oT Retirees, who
are Veterans with Non-Service Disability, would benefit if H.R. No. 7650
were to become law.
Congress has considered nearly eleven thousand bills during this ses-
sion, but only 108 bills have been signed into law. One fourth of these
approved bills have been presented by the Administration and approved
by a Democratic controlled Congress.
Civil Service,Commission on June 29, 1959 reported that the Civil
Service Retirement Fund was 271/2 BILLION in the red. This amount
necessary to pay the fund's full obligation is owed by the Federal Govern-
ment. However, this fund showed a credit cash balance of 9 Billion as of
July 1st, 1959; an amount sufficient to take care of all retirement obli-
gations for many years to come.
How much does it cost Political Party Funds to be elected to Federal
Office? Our recent Florida local national election cost over 27 thousand
dollars to elect our Senator and Congressman. Might add that these fig-
ures are honest recorded figures, while more has been spent elsewhere
that is never accounted for.
Presidential Veto. During six years, 1953-1958, President Eisenhower
vetoed 137 bills, but he remained the first President since Warren G. Hard-
ing to escape having Congress over-ride any of his vetoes. This number is
small in relation to his predecessor-Presidents.
The Committee on Merchant Marine & Fisheries in the House; Sub-
Committee on The Panama Canal have tabled the following bills-all re-
lating to Panama Canal Act Annuity Increases: H.R.,Nos. 44, 1049, 3471,
5019, 5020 and 5940.
The Committee on Veterans Affairs in the House have reported favor-
ably on the following Veterans Bills; Nos. 255, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271,
283, 3269, 5446, 5447, 5996 and 7106.
Credit is hereby acknowledged. Congressman Cramer has generously
sent the Congressional Record daily and pertinent bills for use of the
undersigned. One source of information for members who are Veterans
is the American Legion National Legislative Bulletin, while the Weekly
Federal Employees News Digest, published by Joseph Young are great
helps. Both of these services are subscribed by our Organization. Another
helpful source of information is the Congressional Quarterly, published
in Washington and copies in our local library. This Quarterly was founded
by Nelson and Henrietta Poynter, Editor and Associate Editor of our St.
Petersburg Times. Mrs. Poynter is one of the few newspaper editors who
reads the formidable official Congressional Record every day, whether
she is in Washington or St. Petersburg.
The Forand Bill-H.R. No. 4700 was introduced last year and again
this year-could be of interest to our Retired Members who have acquired
Social Security Status. This bill would provide for recipients' Hospital,
Medical, Nursing and Surgical care.
Bills Nos. H.R. 7097, 7193, 7462 and 7762 have been introduced to
make benefits of P/L 85-465 (Salary Increases) permanent, thus contin-
uing payments of the 10% annuity increases and of the annuities to "For-
gotten Widows" from the Civil Service Retirement Fund.
Two bills, Nos. H.R. Nos. 6568 and S-1853 were introduced to permit
unmarried annuitants under the Civil Service Retirement Act to elect
survivorship annuities upon subsequent marriage.
Of interest to those persons who would be forced to retire because
of age, Mr. Zelenko of New York introduced H.R. No. 7162 to amend the
Cvil Service Retirement Act to provide minimum retirement annuities
of $200.00 per month.
Several bills have been introduced to provide that the full amount
of any Civil Service Annuity be excluded from gross income for INCOME
TAX PURPOSES. Due to the budget conscious administration in office,
it is predicted that nothing be done this fiscal year, but relief will be given
us during 1960-1961 (ELECTION YEAR) inasmuch as the Railroad Re-
tirement Act and the Social Security Act provided that its annuity pay-
ments would not be considered as EARNED INCOME.
FRANK W. HOHMANN, Chairman,
Mr. Harry Bortin is continuing his efforts on behalf of all construc-
tion workers with two years of construction time service on the Panama
Canal. Honorable Robert N. C. Nix of Pennsylvania has introduced a
bill, H.R. 8146. This bill was introduced by Mr. Nix after the hearing
before the Subcommittee on Panama Canal of the House of Representa-
tives Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, on a bill substan-
tially similar to H.R. 8146. All persons interested in this legislation should
contact Mr. Harry,Bortin, 2801 Quebec St. N.W., Washington 8, D. C.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Pearl of Ancon announce the engagement of
their daughter, Linda Lane, to Mr. Robert Frederick Dahlstrom, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel F. Dahlstrom of Sister Bay, Wis. No date has been
set for the wedding. Mr. Dahlstrom is presently attending Wisconsin
State College at Oshkosh.
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Augustus Chancey of Birmingham, Ala., an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Rosemary, to James Anthony
Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Horace Jones of Gulfport, Miss., former
residents of Pedro Miguel and Diablo Heights.
The wedding was planned for July 3 at St. Thomas-by-the-Sea Epis-
copal Church in Laguna Beach, Fla.
The bride-elect majored in advertising design at Alabama Polytechnic
Mr. Jones was graduated from Balboa High School and Alabama
Polytechnic Institute, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fratern-
ity. He is now employed as an assistant industrial engineer at the OMM
Radio Company in Opelika, Ala.
Karl Erik Jensen, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Jensen,
was married on Saturday, June 27th to Miss Hollyday Cummings, daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Tilden Cummings. The wedding took place at Christ
Church Chapel in Winnetka, Illinois.
In an all-white military wedding held Saturday afternoon, June 20,
in the Submarine Base Chapel at Pearl Harbor, Miss Judith Elaine Arnold
became the bride of Lieut. (jg) Edward Hughes Browder, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Edward M. Browder, Jr., of Diablo Heights. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis L. Arnold of Langdon, North Dakota.
The marriage ceremony was performed by Chaplain Frank F. Smart,
Commander, USN, before an altar which was decked with yellow roses
and white stock. White gladoli were used to decorate the chapel.
In the absence of her father, the bride was given in marriage by Lieu-
tenant Commander Hayden Owens, commanding officer of the USS Sterlet,
the submarine on which Lt. Browder has been serving.
A reception at the Submarine Base Officers Club, in Lockwood Hall,
Pearl Harbor, followed the marriage ceremony.
Mrs. Browder was.graduated in January from the University of North
Dakota, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Lieutenant Browder was born on the Isthmus, attended the Canal
Zone schools and is a graduate of Balboa High School. He was grad-
uated in 1955 from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
The marriage of Miss Donnelle Amorette Moon to Ralph David Otten
of Overland Park, Kan., was solemnized June 20, 1959 in First Presby-
terian Church by Dr. John L. Newton. The bride is daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Fullard M. Moon and her husband's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Otten, Balboa, Canal Zone. Floral arrangements of pink gladoli and
white shasta daisies were placed against palms in the church.
The reception was held at the church social hall.
After the honeymoon, the couple will be at home at 4329 Roanoke
Pkwy., Kansas City, Mo., where Mr. Otten will teach music.
Trinity Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., was the setting Sun-
day, afternoon, May 24, for the marriage of Miss Sharon Lucille Minnix,
member of a well-known former Zone family, and Mr. Edwin Houghland
Burton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Shaw Burton of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The bride's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Earl Minnix, now
of St. ePtersburg. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. M. Edith Minnix of
of St. Petersburg. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. M. Edith Minnix of
Cristobal, and of Mrs. Molly V. Johnson of Panama and the late Mr.
Michael F. Kenny.
The bride was born in Ancon, was graduated from Balboa High
School and the National School of Aeronautics at Kansas City, Mo. She
is presently associated with Electronics Communications, Inc.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy, and
now is assistant manager of a Dania store in Fort Lauderdale.
Singer Tommy Leonetti and Miss Pat Quinn were married June 13
at a Catholic ceremony in Cristo Rey Church, Panama City.
The 29-year-old vocalist gave his address as Cliffside, N. J. Miss
Quinn, 22, was born in the Panama Canal Zone. Her father, Mark Quinn,
was former head of the management division of the Panama Canal Co.
Leonetti, who met Miss Quinn in New York 18 months ago while
she was studying dramatics, said he had received a cabled papal blessing
from Vatican City.
The couple plan a wedding trip to a Panama mountain resort before
returning to the United States where Leonetti has a singing engagement
in Atlantic City staring June 21.
Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Bushnell Ely of Balboa Heights, announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Mary Marjorie, to Mr. Richard Lee Brening,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brening of Denver, Colorado.
Miss Ely graduated from Balboa High School in 1956 and has com-
pleted her junior year at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Mr. Brening is a 1956 graduate of North Denver High School and
also attends the University of Colorado.
A late August wedding in the Canal Zone was planned.
Maj. Gen. William E. Potter, U.S.A., Governor of the Canal Zone,
and Mrs. Potter have made known the engagement of their daughter, Miss
Suzan Ruth Potter, to Edwin Gunner Schull. He is the son of Col. Herman
W. Schull, Jr., U.S.A., retired, former Lieutenant Governor of the Canal
Zone, and Mrs. Schull of Jupiter, Florida.
The couple plan to be married in the Canal Zone in August.
Miss Potter graduated from the Brownell Hall Preparatory School
in Omaha and studied also at Goucher College and the Marjorie Webster
The prospective bridegroom is an alumnus of the Hotchkiss School
and Duke University where he won letters in soccer and lacrosse, and was
named an All-American in soccer last year. He will continue his studies
at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Miss Arline Rose Marie Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August
T. Schmidt, became the bride of Leonard Harold Winerman, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Richard A Winerman of Bradley Beach, N. J. on June 6th, 1959
at the Greenville Moose Club. The'Rev. William H. Howard, minister of
Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church, performed the ceremony.
The bride was born in Balboa, Canal Zone, and is a graduate of
Balboa High School. She received her B.A. degree at Duke University and
was employed by B. Altman and Co. in New York City.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Pace College of New York and is
now employed with Production Metals, Inc., at Miami, Fla.
The reception was held at the Moose Club. After a wedding trip to
the Virgin Islands, the couple will be at home at Miami Beach, Florida
St. Catherine's Church in Spring Lake, N.J., was the scene of the
marriage of Miss Gail Patricia Blank, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
C. Blank of Chicago Boulevard, Sea Girt, N. J., to Mr. Herbert Charles
Dawson, formerly of Diablo Heights.
The wedding reception was held at the Tremont Hotel in Sea Girt.
Mrs. Dawson is a graduate of Centenary College for Women, and
formerly lived on the Isthmus.
Her husband, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles William Dawson
of Diablo Heights, attended Buffalo, N. Y. University and was graduated
from the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N. Y.
He recently completed his naval tour as aide-de-camp to Rear Admiral
George Wales, former commandant of the Fifteenth Naval District, and is
now employed by the Pfaudler Company in Rochester, N. Y.
The couple plans to establish their home in Rochester.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Collinge of Diablo Heights announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Sara Jean, to Victor Heiser Burrows, son of
Dr. and Mrs. S. J. Burrows of Chicago, Ill.
Miss Collinge, who was graduated from the University of Colorado
in June, is affiliated with Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Mr. Burrows attended the University of Colorado and is presently
serving with the Army.
No date has been set for the wedding.
Mrs. Charlotte E. McLaughlin and Mr. Joseph I. Eckert announce
their marriage on July 10, 1959 in Kane, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Nellie Guth and Mr. Charles G. Calvit of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
announce their marriage on Friday, July 17, 1959 at Christ Church in
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Eugey Crockett and Capt. H. P. Forrest of Norfolk, Virginia,
announce their marriage on May 2, 1959 in Norfolk, Virginia.
On 'Sunday afternoon, June 14th, in Carmel Presbyterian Church,
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, the Emmett Zemers' youngest daughter,
Shirley Ruth, became the bride of Richard C. Swenson, son of Mr. and
Mrs. John Swenson of Angus, Minnesota. Dr. Joseph M. Ewing performed
the ceremony against a background of white spring flowers.
Shirley was graduated from Canal Zone schools and San Jose State
College in 1952, where she was a Gamma Phi Beta. For the past year,
she has been a fifth grade teacher in the Monterey Grade Schools. Rick
attended school in Minnesota and recently served as a member of the
Underwater Demolition Team, U.S. Navy, stationed at Coronado, Cali-
fornia. He presently is an engineering student at the'University of North
Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, where the young couple will make
their home after a motoring honeymoon through Northern California,
Idaho and Montana.
Of interest is the announcement of the marriage of Miss Virginia Ann
Welch, daughter of Mrs. Edward F. Welch of Alexandria, Va., and the
late Mr. Edward F. Welch, to' Mr. Raymond Sawyer.
The marriage ceremony and nuptial mass took place June 23 at the
Church of the Holy Savior in Addis Ababa, Ethopia, with Father Ferdi-
nand, pastor of the church, officiating.
A reception was held at the home of Counselor of Embassy Joseph
J. Wagner and Mrs. Wagner following the church wedding. Among the
guests for the occasion was His Excellency Monsignor Joseph McGeough,
The bride was given inmarriage by Don C. Bliss, ambassador of the
United States to Ethopia. Mrs. Wagner was matron of honor and Mr.
Herman Kleine, director of the United States Operations Mission, served
as best man.
Mrs. Sawyer is a former resident of the Canal Zone and for the past
two years has been employed at the American Embassy in Addis Ababa.
Mr.:Sawyer is deputy director of the United States Operations Mission to
The couple will continue to reside in Addis Ababa for the next
Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Dawson announce the birth of a son, Charles
William, Saturday, May 16th at the San Fernando Clinic. He is their third
child and has been named for his parental grandfather, the late Charles
William Dawson, former resident of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Dawson is the former Miss Maritza Ubire.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGlade of Balboa announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter who weighed 9 pounds, on Tuesday, June 2, at
Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. McGlade is the former Marguerite Williams and
the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Williams of Balboa.
Paternal grandmother is Mrs. Katherine McGlade of Balboa. The baby
will be named Joan Franoes.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Modoono, of Arlington, Massachusetts, an-
nounce the birth of their son, Robert Allan Modoono, Jr., on June 3, 1959.
Mrs. Modoono is the former Mary Ann Hannigan who was born in the
Canal Zone and attended Canal Zone schools, graduating from Cristobal
High School. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hannigan,
of Balboa, Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
Modoono, of Lexington, Massachusetts. Mr. George McDade of Balboa,
is the maternal great grandfather.
Mr.,and Mrs. Michael R. Heimoz announce the birth of their first
child, Dalla, on April 11 in Seattle, Wash.
Mrs. Heimoz is the former Miss Margaret Hollingsworth, who lived
on the Zone and attended Balboa High School while her father, Chaplain
Hollingsworth, was assigned there.
Mr. Heimoz also was stationed here with the Navy. He is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heimoz of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Burch of Decatur, Georgia, announce the birth
of their first daughter, Linda Louise, on April 28, 1959. They have three
sons, Andy, Jeffrey, and David. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Leo M. Wilkes of Tenille, Georgia. The paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Collie Burch, also of Tennille, Georgia. Mrs. Burch is the
former Peggy Wilkes.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Thompson of Balboa are the authors of a
local edition of "Cheaper By the Dozen".
They have not exactly written a book, but have matched the author
of the popular story in production.
The Thompson's twelfth child, a *daughter, was born at Gorgas
Hospital, and, said the mother, "We are very glad." She is the fifth
daughter and will be named Edna Jean.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Leber of Pan-
Mr. and Mrs. William Evans of Fort Collins, Colorado, announce
the birth of their second son, Scott Alexander, on June 28, 1959.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Evans of San Diego,
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Turner of Joppa, Maryland, announce the
birth of a daughter, Rebecca Carol, on May 17, 1959. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Macon A. Turner of St. Petersburg, Florida,
and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Les J. O'Connor of
South Hadley, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Pape of 1060 Fair Oak Ave., Arroyo Grande,
Calif., announce the birth of their second child, a son, on June 28. He
has been named John Clayton.
Mrs. Pape is the former Miss Dorothy Dedeaux of Balboa. The mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Dedeaux of Gulfport, Miss.,
former residents of Pedro Miguel and Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Peck Jr. of Needham Heights, Mass., an-
nounce the birth of their son, Theodore Abbott Peck II, on July 20.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred DeV. Sill of
Capt. Clinton Baverstock-Navigation Division-24 yrs., 10 mo., 12 days.
Robert M. Blakely-Industrial Division-19 years, 2 months, 2 days.
Capt. William R. Calcutt-Navigation Division-24 years, 3 mo., 8 days.
Emerson W. Cottrell-Locks Division-17 years, 11 months, 21 days.
Joseph A. Rancourt-Industrial Division-10 years, 27 days.
Andrew A. Whitlock-Industrial Division-35 years 22 days.
Annie L. Allnut-Health Bureau-22 years, 11 months, 29 days.
Merwin A. French-Navigation Division-27 years, 7 months.
Winchell T. Pennock-Transportation Division-40 yrs., 9 mo., 2 days.
George F. Welsh-Employment & Utilization Div.-16 yrs., 6 mo., 23 days.
Bert J. Benoit-Industrial Division-36 years, 7 months, 5 days.
James A. Fraser-Dredging Division-28 years, 10 months, 6 days.
Lorenz F. Gerspach-Locks Division-4 years, 11 months, 2 days.
Percy A. Lawrance-Locks Division-19 years, 2 months, 13 days.
Lew W. McIlvaine-Supply Division-31 years, 11 months, 8 days.
William J. Stevenson-Electrical Division-19 years, 8 months, 5 days.
Claude B. Strobridge-Electrical Division-35 years, 24 days.
Ralph Stewart of St. Petersburg, Fla. suffered a heart attack in
June but is now reported as getting along, nicely, at home.
Mrs. Emma Brain of Clearwater, was a patient in Morton Plant
Hospital, in May, but is now convalescing at home.
Capt. J. C. Treakle of St. Petersburg has returned to his home from
the hospital after surgery. He is now doing nicely.
Mrs. Sam Devours of St. Petersburg is home after a stay in the
hospital. At last report, Mrs. Devours was not doing so well.
Capt. and Mrs. Eggleston of St. Petersburg went to Hendersonville,
North Carolina, for the Captain's health. We are happy to report that
he is some improved.
Mr. Russell Potter of St. Petersburg was a patient in Mound Park
Hospital for surgery. He is now at home and doing nicely.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of thanks and appreciation have been received from the following:
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stewart Mr. Walter L. Hersh
Mrs. John H. Weller Mrs. Emma Brain
Edith and Barbara Keifer The family of William E. Sims
Mrs. Jesse Clarence Myrick Capt. J. C. Treakle
Mrs. Mary Love Mrs. Ethel Boyd's daughters:
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones Mrs. Ruth Taylor
and family Mrs. Alice Preston
Mrs. Emma S. Will Mrs. Anne Bartholomew
THE CURTAIN FALLS
JANUARY 1, 1959
When death draws down the curtain of the night
and those we love in deep darkness hides,
We can but wait the coming of the light
and bless the memory that still abides.
John Arthur Hanson, 75, died on August 1, 1959 in Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Hanson was a Panama Canal employee from 1907 until his retirement
in 1945. He is survived by two sons, Robert A. of Balboa, a locks employee,
and John M. of Los Angeles, California; and also by six grandchildren.
Jesse Clarence Myrick, 74, who retired in 1945 as superintendent of
the Pacific Locks, died at Raliegh, N.C. He had been in ill health for
Born in Littleton, N.C., he came to Panama in November, 1912, as
a foreman with the Isthmian Canal Commission. He joined the Fortifica-
tions Division in 1914 and in 1916 transferred to lock operations. He
rose to the position of assistant Superintendent of the Pacific Locks, to
which he was appointed in 1942, and in January, 1945, he was named
A prominent Mason, Mr. Myrick was a leading member of the Pedro
Miguel Union Church. He also was well-known in golfing and fishing
circles. He was among the founders of the present-day Summit Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife, who lives in Raleigh.
Thomas A. Lindo, well-known Amnerican resident of Panama City,
died suddenly from a heart attack. He would have been 36 years old on
Mr. Lindo joined the firm of Fidanque Hermanos e Hijos six years
ago and was head of its travel department. He was prominent in the
American community in Panama.
Born in Panama City, Mr. Lindo attended the Canal Zone schools
and the University of Cornell at Ithaca, N.Y., where he majored in hotel
management. During World War II, he served in the European Theater
of Operations. At the end of hostilities, he pursued his vocation of hotel
management in the United States.
In 1950 he married Jacqueline Fidanque, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Benjamin Fidanque, of Panama.
Surviving him are his wife and three children, Roger, Andrew and
Victoria; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lindo, of New York City; his
brother, Richard Lindo, of Watertown, New York, and a sister, Elaine
Halle, of Great Neck, New York.
Capt. William L. Will, retired Panama Canal pilot and head of a well-
known Canal Zone family, died in Fresh Meadows, Long Island. He was
77 years old. He had been in ill health for more than a year.
Capt. Will was a native of Astoria, Long Island, N.Y. He came to
the Isthmus in February 191.6 as a master with the Dredging Division. He
became a pilot in 1923 and served continuously until his retirement in
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Charles, of Redwood City,
Calif., Raymond, who is harbormaster in Cristobal, and Howard, an em-
ploye in the Maintenance Division in Cristobal; and 10 grandchildren.
Mrs. Bert G. Tydeman, long-time resident on the Canal Zone, died
in Allentown, Pa. Death resulted from a heart attack.
Mrs. Tydeman lived on the Isthmus for many years before her hus-
band's retirement six years ago. She was employed by the Navy at Coco
She is survived by her husband, Bert Tydeman; a son, Bert Jr.; and
a nephew, Peter Reinhold, who lives in Margarita.
Mrs. Matilda Fink, widow of a Canal Construction Day worker, died
at her home in Gamboa. She was 79 years old and had been in ill health
for some time.
Her husband, the late Joseph Fink, came to the Isthmus in 1907 to
work as a boilermaker with the Isthmian Canal Commission. He held
the Roosevelt Medal for Construction Day service. He left the Canal or-
ganization in 1921.
Mrs. Fink is survived by a sister, Mrs. Flora Voorhes of Gamboa,
and a brother, William H. Whitmer Jr., of Balboa.
Mrs. Mary G. Shivers, 81, of 4964 Canterbury Dr., San Diego, Calif.,
a resident since 1936, died in a rest home. She moved here from the
Canal Zone where she formerly was a civilian auditor for the federal
She leaves a daughter, Mrs. William B. Coleman, wife of RAdm.
Coleman, ret., of Spring Valley.
Mrs. Merline Davidson, whose husband, Raymond A. Davidson, is
employed at the Pacific Locks, died at Gorgas Hospital after a long ill-
ness. She was 42 years old.
Mrs. Davidson was born in Alabama. She had been a resident of
the Isthmus for the past 18 years. For several years, Mrs. Davidson was
employed by the Army at Fort Amador. Funeral services and burial
took place in Panama City, Florida.
Wade H. Bennett, 78, of 229 6th St. So., St. Petersburg, died May
19th in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Mr. Bennett had worked for the Panama Canal Railroad Co. for 31
years as a loftsman in the company's shipyard. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. He was born in Shenandoah, Va., and
had lived in St. Petersburg six years.
Surviving is a sister, Mrs. George Wallace, College Park, Md., and
several nieces and nephews in the north.
Mrs. Bertha Marie Willson, wife of Colonel L. E. Willson of Shef-
field, Ala., died on May 14th. Mrs. Willson, a resident of Sheffield for
the past thirty years, had been in ill health for a number of years.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church, and a native of Wisconsin.
Surviving in addition to her husband, are two brothers and three
sisters in Wisconsin, and one sister, Mrs. G. C. McCullough, Birmingham,
John Ross (Jack) Weir, who sold more automobiles to Isthmians
than anyone else, died in Gorgas Hospital after an illness of eleven
months. He was 68 years old.
Born in Ravenna, Ohio, Mr. Weir lived with his family in California.
He came to Panama in 1933 and went into business as a salesman in
Panama City. He was associated most of his time here with the firm of
Smoot & Paredes.
Mr. Weir was a World War I veteran. He fought in the battle of
Argonnes. He was a member of the American Legion and of the Elks
Surviving him is his only daughter, Mrs. Jacqueline Kenealy, of
Ancon. Her husband, Barry Kenealy, is a Panama Canal employee.
Ernest C. Cotton, who retired six years ago after more than 42 years
of continuous service with the Panama Canal Printing plant, died at
Coco Solo hospital following an apoplectic stroke. He was 66 years old.
At the time of his retirement at the end of June 1953, Mr. Cotton was
superintendent of the Printing Plant and had the longest service record
of any American employee in the organization.
A retired employee of the Panama Canal, Mr. Cotton had lived in
New York State and Texas after his retirement, but had returned to the
Isthmus over a year ago to reside with his son, Captain E. L. Cotton of
the Canal Zone Fire Division.
For thirty years, "Snapshots on Sports" by Doc Almy, Jr. his
pen-name was a regular feature on the Star and Herald sports page.
He took the name from a Boston Baseball writer. Mr. Cotton was more
than a columnist he was the heart and soul' of the Star and Herald's
sports section throughout the many years that he was in charge'of it.
Dr. James Zetek, a distinguished scientist who spent most of his 73
years on the Isthmus, died at his home in Panama City.
Dr. Zetek, who was born in Chicago, was known best for his decades
of work as joint founder in 1926 and director of the Canal Zone biological
area on Barro Colorado Island. Hundreds of scientists have studied mon-
keys, other mammals, birds and insects living in their natural state there.
In 1911, before the Panama Canal opened, Dr. Zetek, then a young
graduate entomologist of the University of Illinois, joined the Canal or-
ganization to work on pest control. He retired three years ago.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ella Zetek Rhode of Guayaquil, Ecu-
ador, and a sister, Florence, and a brother, Charles Zetek, both of Chicago.
Col. George K. Withers, 59, died on May 3, 1959 in the Veterans Hos-
pital in Atlanta, Georgia. Col. Withers, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, was
a graduate of West Point. During World War II, he served as chief of
Engineers in Washington and later he served in North Africa, Italy,
France and Germany. He went to the Canal Zone in 1950 and left in
1953. He retired in 1955. He is survived by his wife, five sons, Lt. George
K., Jr., Ensign William Z., U.S.N., Cadet Geoffrey D., U.S.N., Peter B.,
and Benjamin of Atlanta. Also by one grandson.
Mrs. Eudoxia A. Knapp, wife of James Zena Knapp, passed away on
May 17th. Mrs. Knapp is survived by her husband, three sons, James W.
Yates of Dallas, Texas; Dr. George R. Yates of New Orleans, La., and
Franklin A. Yates of Somersville, N.J. She is also survived'by her two
brothers, Dr. Harmodio Arias of Panama City and Dr. Arnulfo Arias of
Boquette, Panama, and two sisters, Mrs. Carmen McIlvaine and Josefita
Arias of Panama City, R.P.
Word has been received of the passing of Mrs. Margaret Kalender
of Santa Monica, California. Besides her husband, she is survived by a
son, Harold F. Kalender of Santa Monica; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret
C. Foster of Rockledge, Florida, and Mrs. Jeanette A. Bacon of Rochester,
N.Y. She is also surveyed by ten grandchildren and two great grand-sons.
Mrs. Ana J. Lutz, widow of Carl M. Lutz, died on Wednesday, June
24th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Conchita M. Kelley in Los Angeles,
California. In addition to Mrs. Kelley, Mrs. Lutz is survived by a grand-
son, Roger L. Kelley of Chicago, Illinois.
Louis Townsley, 81, died on June 10, 1959 in St. Louis, Misouri. Mr.
Townsley went to the Canal Zone in 1909 and his service was unbroken
until his retirement in 1939. He was perhaps best known for thel legal
action brought in his name and which resulted in the payment of over
$1,300,000 in overtime claims to several hundred employees who had
worked on the Canal floating equipment. Mr. Townsley was for some
time Democratic National Committeeman from the Canal Zone. He is
survived by Mrs. Townsley.
Mrs. George N. Randolph, 66, died on June 24, 1959 in Starksville,
Miss. Mrs. Randolp taught English in High Schools in the Canal Zone
and other places and during World War II, she taught English at Missis-
sippi State University. She is survived by her husband, Col. George N
Randolph of Starksville, three daughters, Mrs. A. Leo Warren of Gulfport,
Miss., and Mrs. W. R. Parks of Louisville, and Miss Ellen Randolph of
Starksville; also by a son, Roderick M. F. Randolph, and her mother,
three brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Bonnie Roe Oldach, 66, passed away at her home in Bella Vista,
Panama. Mrs. Oldach's death was attributed to coronary thrombosis. She
is survived by her husband, Dr. William Oldach, her mother, Mrs. Caro-
line Roe of Guthrie, Oklahoma, two sons, Dr. Horace G. Cobb of West-
boro, Mass. and Newton R. Cobb of Curundu, C.Z., two step children,
Dr. William H. Oldach, Jr. of Farmingham, Mass. and Leila of West-
borough, Mass. There are also 13 grandchildren.
Thomas D. Sheehan, 81, retired Canal employee, died at Gorgas Hos-
pital. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. L. A. Krimm of Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, a sister, Mrs. Margaret Noemi Austin of Oakland, Califor-
nia, and by three brothers and a niece.
Col. Norman H. Wiley, 48, died recently, according to news just
received. Col. Wiley retired in June 1958 after his tour of duty as Direc-
tor of Gorgas Hospital. Before going to the Canal Zone, Col. Wiley was
Commanding Officer of the U.S. Army Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia.
During World War II, he was in Algeria, Tunisia, Africa, England, and
France. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Valerie, and two sons,
Norman Jr. and Jimmy.
Frederick A. Mitchell Hedges, 76, well known in Panama as an ex-
plorer and deep sea fisherman, died on June 12 at his home in Shaldon,
Mrs. Cecelia Thompson, 70, died at Gorgas Hospital after a long ill-
nes. Mrs. Thompson made her home with a son, Gordon, an employee of
the Terminals Division in Balboa. She is survived by two other sons, Sgt.
Paul Thompson of the Police Division, and James M. Thompson former
Chief of the Transportation Section, who has just retired. Mrs. Thompson
is also survived by several grandchildren. Funeral services were held in
Mrs. Edna A. McClain, 79, died at Gorgas Hospital June 26th follow-
ing a long illness. She was born in Crystal, Maine, and for the past thirty
years has made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
C. Roland Jones of Balboa, C.Z. In addition to,her daughter, Mrs. Mc-
Clain is survived by two sons, Charles R., of Waterville, Maine, and
Vernal B. of Columbia, South Carolina. She is also survived by four
grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
News has been received of the death of W. W. Moot, 75, at Coral
Gables, Florida. Mr. Moot went to the Canal Zone in 1926 as manager
in the wholesale shoe section at Mt. Hope, C.Z. He resigned in 1943. He
is survived by his wife and three children.
News has been received of the death of Clarence E. Kiefer, Canal
Zone old-timer, on June 17th in Los Angeles, California, following a brief
illness. He was 64 years old.
From 1925 until 1948 he was employed by the Panama Canal first
as a machinist in the Balboa shops, and later as a marine engineer with
the Dredging Division. He and his family were among the first residents
of Gamboa when it was established in 1937. Since his retirement from
Canal Zone service he had made his home at 2260 Torrance Boulevard, in
Torrance, California, with his wife, Edith and daughter, Barbara.
Long active in the Masonic Order, he was awarded the honorary
degree of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor by the Panama
Canal Consistory many years ago. He was also active in the Shriners,
Veterans of World War I, National Order of Trench Rats, and Disabled
In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by a sister, Mrs.
Alice Garner, of Mt. Illinois.
Andrew M. Maloney, 70, died suddenly in June 28 at his home in
Bayfield, Wisconsin, where he and Mrs. Maloney had been living since
his retirement in 1955. He was the father of Mrs. David J. Markun of
Balboa Heights, and had a wide circle of acquaintances on the Isthmus as
a result of two extended visits. Mr. Maloney had particularly enjoyed
Panama fishing and hunting during his vacations.
The survivors, in addition to the widow, are three sons, James, of
Chisholm, Minn.; John, of Brainerd, Minn.; and William, of Cranford,
N.J.; two daughters, Elenore (Mrs. J. W. Featherstone, Jr.) of Alexandria,
Va.; and Mrs. Markun.
Charles Henter, retired employee of the Marine Division, died at Gor-
gas Hospital following a long illness. He was 91 years old.
Henter was born in Hungary and was a naturalized citizen of the
United States. He came to the Isthmus during construction days in 1906
as a machinist with the Isthmian Canal Commission. For his service dur-
ing that period, he was awarded the Roosevelt Medal.
He was employed by the Canal organization as a machinist in the
Lighthouse Division from 1914 until his retirement in 1932. Since his
retirement, he has been making his home in Panama.
He is survived on the Isthmus by his wife and a son, Theodore who
is assistant chief hydrographer of the Panama Canal Co., and in the United
States by two daughters, Mrs. E. E. Forsman, of Fort Worth, Texas and
Mrs. H. Miller, of Baltimore, Md.; and a son Julius, of Philadelphia. He
has 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
News has been received of the death of Martin H. Tucker, former
resident of Panama City who has been living in Ashland, Ore. He died
April 9 in Ashland following a brief illness. He was 70 years old.
Mr. Tucker lived in Panama from 1936 to 1946 during which time
he managed the Atlas, Balboa and El Rancho, Beer Gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pauline Tucker, and a daughter, Mrs.
Lyle Womack, now of Los Angeles, Calif; four grandchildren, and five
Henry Mall, former employee of the Mechanical Division and a Pan-
ama Canal construction day veteran, died at Gorgas Hospital after a long
illness. He was 72 years of age.
Mr. Mall was born in Illinois and came to the Isthmus from Chicago
in 1907. He was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission as a mech-
anic in the Mechanical Division. He was retired from canal service
Since his retirement, he has been making his home in Panama.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fermina Mall; four sons, Urbano,
Gilberto, Oliver, and Jaime; and four daughters, Mrs. Norberto Cuevas,
Mrs. Lilia de Selich, Elia Mall, and Luzmila Mall, all of whom live in
Mrs. Dovia L. Burns, 79, of 2710- 3rd Ave. S., St. Petersburg, died
July 21st in a St. Petersburg hospital.
A native of Howard County, Mo., Mrs. Burns moved to this area 16
years ago from Omaha, Neb. She was a member of the First Methodist
Church, the Gen. Leonard Wood Auxiliary, No. 8, VFW, the New Frank-
lin Chapter No. 447 OES, New Franklin, Mo., Tahiti Court No. 44, Ladies
Oriental Shrine, and the Panama Canal Society.
Surviving are her husband, Lee Burns; two sisters, Misses Emma
and Maude Munday, two brothers, Walter K. Munday, and Horace Mun-
day, all of Howard County, Mo.
News has been received here of the death of Mrs. Ethel Irene Boyd,
former resident of Pedro Miguel who has been making her home with
her daughter, Mrs. R. G. Taylor, in Alfred, Maine. Her death occurred
July 16 in a Biddford, Maine hospital.
Mrs. Boyd was born in Cleburne, Texas, March 29, 1878, a daughter
of George and Clarinda Louder Etter.
She was a member of the Methodist Church in Texas; a life member
of the Texas Eastern Star; and a member of the Canal Zone Chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution.
Besides Mrs. Taylor, she is survived by two other daughters, Mrs.
W. F. Bartholomew of Hot Springs, Ark., and Mrs. Harry F. Preston, Jr.,
of Cartagena, Columbia; seven grandchildren, and seven great grand-
Funeral services and interment were in Cleburne, Texas.
William E. Sims, 74, a retired civilian worker for the Army Corps of
Engineers, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 1959 in Louisville, Ky.
Sims, a native of England, was a federal employee 44 years before
he retired 10 years ago. He helped build the Panama Canal from 1905
to 1914 and later supervised the construction of locks and dams along
the Ohio River. He was in charge of the dredge boats on the Ohio when
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laura Guedry Sims; a daughter, Mrs.
Louise Ruoff a sister, Mrs. C. W. Pierce, Boynton Beach, Fla.; three
brothers, Charley, Arthur and Edgar Sims, all of Palm Beach, Fla.; and
Mrs. Margaret Morris, wife of John D. Morris, manager of the United
Fruit Company office in Colon, died at Coco Solo Hospital after a long
illness. She was 37.
Her condition became critical while she was enroute from New York
to Panama aboard the SS San Jose. She was met by ambulance when the
ship docked at Cristobal and was taken to the hospital.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Morris is survived by a son, John D. Jr.,
3, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Shea of New York, and a sister,
Mrs. Frank Grealy of New York.
Phillip N. Bressie, 88, died on July 4, 1959 at his home, 2111 Wat-
rouss Ave. Tampa, Florida. Mr. Bressie resided on the Canal Zone for
52 years, much of that time on his farm in Paja, C.Z. Mr. Bressie is sur-
vived by one daughter, Mrs. Corrine B. Dixon of Tampa and by three
Mrs. Susan Brown, a resident of the Isthmus for almost 30 years,
died at Coco Solo Hospital where she had been a patient since: June 18.
She was 87 years old.
Mrs. Brown, who was born in Missouri, was the mother of Miss
Jeanne Brown, of the Cristobal High School faculty. They lived in Mar-
Louis Peter, formerly employed as a meat cutter by the Supply Div-
ision in Ancon, died May 24 in Rego Park, Long Island, after a short
illness, according to news received by friends. He was 55 years old.
Mr. Peter was born in Glendale, New York, and was employed by
the Commissary Division in 1927 as a meat cutter. After a short break
in his service in 1928, Mr. Peter was reemployed in 1929 and worked con-
tinuously until he left the Isthmus in 1945.
He is ,survived by his wife, Mrs. Ellen Peter, a daughter, Patricia, a
step-son Robert Whitman of Hicksville, Long Island, and three grand-
Mrs. Vera Fagerberg, wife of Eric A Fagerberg, who is employed
in the Industrial Division in Cristobal, died at Coco Solo Hospital after
a long illness. She was 56 years old.
Mrs. Fagerberg, a native of Virginia, was a well-known resident of
the Atlantic side. She has made her home there since 1940 when her hus-
band joined the Industrial Division as a marine machinist. For the past
few months they have been living at Coco Solo.
Mr. and Mrs. Fagerberg were enthusiastic small boat owners and
spent much if their week-ends sailing and fishing. JMrs. Fagerberg, up to
the time of her illness, was an active worker with the Canal Zone Red
Cross and the Emblem Club.
She is survived by her husband.
News has been received of the death of Harvey W. Wright, former
Canal employee and one-time owner of the Day and Night garage in Pan-
ama. Mr. Wright died July 11 in Detroit, Mich., after a long illness. He
was 72 years old.
In addition to his wife, Mrs. Clara Wright, and his daughter, Mrs.
Medford, Mr. Wright is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Louise Horn-
aday; and a son, Harvey W. Jr., of Calfornia. His brother, Milton H.
Wright, is employed by the Motor Transportation Division in Balboa.
Jim Tatum, 46, football coach at the University of North Carolina,
died after a short illness on July 23, 1959. Coach Tatum was on the Canal
Zone in the 1930's and played with the Balboa Brewers. He was a brother
of Mrs. Margaret Tysinger, widow of Joseph J. Tysinger, former Cristo-
bal resident. Mrs. Tysinger now lives in McColl, South Carolina.
Mrs. Ann Marie (Peggy) Raymond, 67, died on July 14th in Panama
Hospital. Mrs. Raymond had been a resident of the Isthmus since 1919
and lived most of that time on the Atlantic side. She is survived by her
husband, Anthony F.; a daughter, Mrs. Pardoe Martin of Washington,
D.C.; four sisters, Mrs. Constance Farrell of Rodman, C.Z., Mrs. Catherine
Deans of Panama, Mrs. Agnes London of New York, and Mrs. Sarah
Fenton of Broklyn, N.Y. Also by a niece, Mrs. James Plaia of Panama,
three grandchildren and five great grand children.
Word has been received of the death of Thomas C. Thompson, 72,
a marine engineer who was a construction worker on the Canal Zone from
1906 to 1914. During World War II, he was an advisory officer to the
Coast Guard and was Flotilla Vice-Comander at Puerto Rico. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Carmen, and a son, Thomas C. of Miami, Fla.; and by
Julius J. Hentschel, 58, died in his sleep at his home in Ancon, C.Z.
Mr. Hentschel had been employed on the Zone for the past twenty years
with the Electrical Division. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons,
Robert and Wendell who reside in the United States, and by a sister, Mrs.
Helen Dooley of Long Island, N. Y.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Emelia K. Bailey, 80,
who died at her home in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mrs. Bailey is the mother
of Dr. William T. Bailey of Ancon, C.Z. Beside her son William, Mrs.
Bailey is survived by another son and two daughters of Chattanooga;
also by several grandchildren.
Orland J. Ridenour, 75, of Quail Roost Drive, Homestead, Florida,
died on Monday, July 27, 1959. Mr. Ridenour was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida. He is survived by two sons,
Joseph of Homestead and Lt. Col. Orland J. of Kittering, Ohio; also b-
Word has been received of the death of Mr. H. A. Miller in Sep-
tember last year. He is survived by his wife who lives in Eagle Rock,
Richard E. Bruhn, a well-known Panama distiller, died enroute from
Santa Clara to the Penonome Hospital, apparently of a heart attack.
Mr. Bruhn, an American who had been with National Distillers, S.A.
(Womack American Whiskey Co.), ever since he came to the Isthmus
several years ago, is survived by three sons, two of whom are residents
of the Isthmus.
MEETINGS OF MAY, JUNE AND JULY
The May picnic at Lowry Park was well attended. There was no bus-
iness meeting so the time was spent, pleasantly, with friends and visitors.
The June picnic at Hillsboro Park and the July picnic at Lake Mag-
giore were also well attended and business meetings were, again, omitted.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from May 1, 1959 to July 30, 1959
Summer is well underway and we have had many visitors from the
Canal and elsewhere at the picnics our next picnic will be at Lowry
Park on August 10th, and it will be a business meeting; by September
we will be back here in St. Petersburg at Lake Maggiore for the 14th -
the October 12th meeting will also be a business meeting, then in Novem-
we will be back at the Tourist Center and meetings will start at 2 PM
again. Please try and make these picnics so that you can visit with friends.
The business meetings will be as short as possible too.
There are many who have not sent in their 1959 dues please pay
your dues. Those who have not paid their dues have already received
the 1959 Year Book, the March and June Records for which you have
not paid, and you know that this is not fair to the members who make
every effort to pay their dues when they are due.
The following list shows how many have yet to pay their 1959 dues:
Republic of Panama 1, Canal Zone 32, Alabama 2, Arizona 1, Arkansas 3,
California 10, Colorado 2, D. C. 3, Florida 25, Illinois 2, Kansas 1, Ken-
tucky 4, Louisiana 5, Maryland 1, Massachusetts 1, Michigan 5, Missis-
sippi 1, New Jersey 5, New York 9, North Carolina 1, Ohio 1, Oregon 2,
Pennsylvania 5, South Carolina 2, Tennessee 4, Texas 8, Virginia 4, Wash-
ington 1 and West Virginia 1. Total 142.
For the benefit of those who have joined since last year, I would
like to show them how their $3.00 is spent in the Society.
4 Records at .50 each ---- $2.00
1 Year Book ----.- .25
Stamps used during the year ._.... .08
Mailing Records and Year Book .30
What YOU receive --- __ 2.63
OUR working share per member .37 $3.00
The above are actual figures at the present time.
The reports are read at the yearly reunion, financial and otherwise,
and it is at that time that suggestions and complaints should be voiced-
an out of state representative group is present and an impartial vote can
be taken and acted upon.
May I again ask the membership to take the time to notify me your-
self when you or your family are ill in the hospital so that flowers can be
sent don't depend on your friends to let me know. Too, we can send
flowers just once each year that ruling was passed some time ago as
there were some that were in the hospital quite often and the Society
could not send several times each year. Cards are sent to the member in
the hospital when the Secretary-Treasurer is notified we do hear about
it that is true, but many times after the patient has returned to his home.
It only takes a short time to phone or send me a card so don't blame the
Secretary if flowers are not sent. She is no mind reader.
The Year Book goes to the printer early in October and if any mem-
bers wish to give GIFT MEMBERSHIPS for Xmas and other times, it is
hoped that they will send them in so that they can be listed in the Year
Book-If the gift is to be for Xmas the card will be held until the proper
time and then sent with a Xmas greeting with the name of the donor. You
know all members like to see their names in the Year Book. NO CHANGES
CAN BE MADE AFTER NOVEMBER FIRST.
As you know, postal rates have increased. If you are not going to be
at your known address at the time the Record is mailed out, please advise
the Secretary so that it can be sent where you will be. Many times a
Record is returned and it is necessary to remail it I now pay 6 cents
to receive the Record and another 6 cents to remail it to you that 12
cents is not necessary.
Please remember, all members who have paid for the balance of the
year, that is July thru December 1959, your subscription expires as of
December 31, 1959. Your Year Book for 1960 will be mailed promptly
upon receipt of your 1960 dues. PLEASE PAY THEM EARLY.
The 1960 reunion takes place January 12 and 13 at the Soreno Hotel.
This will be Tuesday and Wednesday NO MEETING WILL BE HELD
ON MONDAY AT THE TOURIST CENTER. RATES ARE THE SAME
- $12.00 double and $8.00 single, all with bath.
Our Panama Canal Society pins are now $1.25 they make lovely
gifts for Xmas.
NOTICE TO SECRETARIES OF OTHER SOCIETIES:
Please send me the names and addresses of your new officers, also phone
numbers so that they can be inserted in the 1960 Year Book. Many societies
have not sent them in as yet. PLEASE SEND THEM AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE. Many thanks.
Happy birthday and anniversaries to you all since the last Record-
Keep well and take care of yourselves.
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF CHICAGO
Mr. Ralph R. Wiggins, of St. Petersburg and Mr. Edward J. Vogel,
of Chicago attended the National Singles Shuffleboard Tournament in
Traverse City, Michigan during the week of July 20th. About 150 shuffle-
board players from various parts of Florida took part in this tournament.
Mr. Wiggins continued on by auto to Canada and New York State before
returning to St. Petersburg.
Mr. G. E. Duckworth, who was recently reported being in a nursing
home in Huntsville, Ohio has returned to his home in Peru, Indiana. His
health is somewhat improved.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Clark, who spent about eight years in the
Canal Zone during construction days, celebrated their 51st wedding anni-
versary at their home in Wabash, Indiana in August of this year.
Sorry I haven't more news. With kindest regards,
Edward J. Vogel, Sec'y-Treasurer,
Panama Canal Society of Chicago
1955 W. 21st Place, Chicago 8, Ill.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Relaxing and rejoicing in "just enough" sunshine, wind and rain to
make a glorious summer, we in Northwest Arkansas are enjoying our many
visitors, some of whom were with us for our picnic held June 14th in
Springdale. As usual, food and fellowship were good and plentiful.
Mayor Sherry of Springdale welcomed us to their progressive town and
the use of Murphy Park. The efforts of President Earnest Williams and
his able committee are warmly appreciated by the 44 members and visitors
from a two year old grandchild to great grandparents. The Grover Bohans
came from Jonesboro and over-nighted at Tranquil. Acres. The interesting
PANAMA CANAL stickers were proudly displayed. Thank you, Florida
We are always happy when visitors come, are conquered by the beauty
of tree covered hills, friendliness of Ozarkians, native and adopted, then
return to retire. We welcome Martha and Walter Reif to our community
and Panama Canal Society. After spending several weeks with neighbor
Ed. Booth, they purchased a delightful home on historic "Old Wire Road"
-the once famous Butterfield Stage Coach Route-less than a mile from
the Homer Crooks and four miles from The Square. Other visitors to
Neighbor Booth's Casita Naomed, were his daughter Winifred B. Lincoln
and son John,on vacation from the Zone.
Recent guests in the home of Mrs. Nannie I. Brown were her son
Walter Brown of the Instrument Repair Shop in Balboa, his wife Pearl
and son Walter, Jr., her daughter Frances with husband Andrew Whitlock
and son "Uncle Eddie." Andrew, Whitlock retired in May, visited their
daughter Jacqueline Stringer and 5 children in Baltimore now living in
Detroit and their daughter Andree Lee Collins and 5 children in St. Louis.
Spending three weeks with Nannie, they went on to Texas to see their
son Paul, hiswife, Mary Lou (Kerr) and brand-new granddaughter. The
Whitlocks plan to live in Houston. Captain Charles and Jean White Mc-
Ginnis of Little Rock have presented Nannie :with a new great grand-
daughter bringing the total to 18 great grandchildren and 12 grandchild-
ren. No "grandmother bracelet" for Nannie-says she would look like
Queen of Sheba with 30 medals. At present, son Jack, wife Gloria and
children, John and Linda are vacationing with Nannie. They make their
home on Long Island, N.Y.
Walter and Bates Wieman were hosts to Mrs. Fred (Mary Jo) Yaeger
of Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Helmrich (Florabelle), two children,
Cristina and Fred, Jr. of Maricaibo, Venezuela. It is 5 years since Fred
and Florabelle were on vacation to the States. They visited on the Zone,
flew to Miami, picked up a new Ford stationwagon, drove to the Ozarks,
Dallas, St. Petersburg, back to Miami for flight back to Maricaibo. They
hope to return to Fayetteville permanently some day. On Township Road,
the latchstring has been out for family and friends of Minnie and Homer
Crooks. Son Robert is home from the Navy and will enter the U. of A.
next fall. Daughter Judith C. Mathews of California flew here for her
annual leave. Mike and Marguerite Crooks again broke the long journey
from Florida where they have business interests to their home in Califor-
nia. How about settling in these hills, folk and be half-way to where you
are going before you start? Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ingram (Betty Crooks)
and young son Michael of Buena Park, California, were surprise visitors
to Aunt Minnie and Uncle Homer. Enroute to see Ronald's home folk
in Kansas they stopped to see Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bergman in Phoenix,
Arizona. Betty has a music studio in her large new home and Ronald is
connected with the Bechtel Corporation.
The Ed. Higgins (Mildred Makibbin) entertained for Robert and
Helen (Abendroth) Hobson of Roswell, New Mexico. Their daughter,
Mrs. Sherry Higgins Downing of Provo, Utah is visiting here and Mil-
dred's mother, Mrs. Cora Makibbin, is another former Canal Zonite turned
Ozarkian. We are glad to have her join us.
Villa Taboga, home of the Lynn Cooks (Maude) was a stopping off
place for Lynn Jr. (Bud) on his annual vacation from Maricaibo. Also
the Walter Lindsays (Jessie) of Summit Gardens fame on their way to
their daughter's graduation from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash-
ington. The Bill Mathues (Carrie) and Marionne Campbell reported a
happy visit when Mrs. Roy Watson (Irma) of Burlington, Iowa, widow of
former Chief Q.M. was their guest during picnic time. Carrie's flair for
flowers, food and friends is heart-warming. Other guests were Mr. and
Mrs. Marvin Banton of Balboa and Mrs. Joe Irwin of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
In Bentonville, the Jimmie Comans entertained at Coffee for Mrs.
Frank Phillips (Ulma) of Shreveport and Mrs. David (Dorothy) Huff
of Balboa before their guests arrived who were delayed because of the
recent death in Texas of Dorothy's sister-in-law, Mrs. Aruolia Bost, wife
of "Chick" Bost formerly with the Washington Hotel in Colon. Frank
Phillips accompanied them.
We welcomed Edith and George Engelke and Mattie MacAuley home
from a two month trip to California where they attended the Southern
Calif. and the Northern Calif. Canal Zone Picnics and enjoyed seeing so
many old-time friends of long ago. They had a very fine picture of Mrs.
W. H. Needham of Monrovia formerly of Pedro Miguel, now 85 years
young. The picture, recent letters from Mrs. Lulu M. Dewey and Mrs.
Fred Bradley (Emma) with program of The Los Angeles Civic Light
Opera Association for "Bells Are Ringing", a new musical, April 20,
1959, directed by one SAMUEL MATLOWSKY combined to send my
mind back to the time when Sam, a mere lad of about 7 was a music
pupil of Mrs. Needham. Mrs. Needham quickly recognized Sam's unusual
talent for playing pieces not given to him by his teacher but were tunes
"in my head". Mentioning this matter to his mother, Mrs. Abraham
(Anna) Matlowsky they told Emma Bradley. Ever a woman of immediate
action-Pedro Miguel folks, remember the swift formation of the Mother's
Club when a need for one arose?-Emma brought together Sam and
Herbert DeCastro, well known musician of Panama City, who recognized
both the budding musician and Russian background of young Sam's com-
positions. Through the love and kindness of Herbert DeCastro, Sam en-
rolled, at 16, in the Paris Conservatory of Music. Many of us enjoyed
Sam's successful concerts at the National Theatre of Panama one of which
was attended by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, whose note of appreciation is
treasured by Sam's mother. And I remembered the night of torrential
downpour when I took Sam to his first concert in Panama (Heifetz was
playing) and we dreamed of the time when Sam would appear on the
same stage. Another genius, the late Frank Lloyd Wright, once remarked,
"I chose my ancestors with care". Congratulations to Samuel Matlowsky
for doing likewise. Co-operation among people is wonderful and truly
"No man is an island, no man stands alone we need one another"
as the lovely song intones.
Mrs. Heinie (Theo), David and Elizabeth Hallin left today for a trip
to Wheeling, West Virginia. Maude Cook has gone to the Northern Great
Lakes and Canada for a trip.
The traditional 4th of July picnic was held at Tranquil Acres (Shaw's
Place) with 27 guests present. We were happy to have Mrs. Edwin Bishop
(Susan Ewing) and daughter Jo Anne and Eddie Jr. from Redlands, Calif.
with us, also Mrs. Edwin Bishop, Sr. Susan is vacationing with Col.
Bishops' mother in Lowell, Ark while the Col. jet planes in Europe. Ac-
cordian music by Frances Whitlock, singing, 'Bajan' stories and plenty
of fireworks created a glorious 4th.
"How dear to my heart are the scenes of my childhood" especially
during four years of blustering winters and blistering summers in Kansas
made the equable climate of Panama greatly desired, so the Jr. Shaws,
Raymond, Barbara and Mark left New York on the good ship ANCON,
June 30th for Panama where Ray will be a Civil Engineer with The Pan-
ama Canal Company. Mrs. James A. Weir and daughter Linda of Denver
were with us in June making a happy family gathering for Alice Ray's
birthday. We included Martha and Walter Reif when we learned that
they were married on the same day that Alice Ray was born. When? -
that would be telling.
President Williams says for y'all to come to our annual luncheon
October llth in Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs Little Switzerland of
Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS FROM MIAMI
The Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida held their second
picnic of the season at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Hammock on June
21, 1959. In the absence of our President, the Meeting was called to order
by Past President, Mr. Dan Jones. It was good to welcome Mr. Jones
back after his recent sojourn in the Hospital.
Mr. Jones called on each one present to introduce himself and give
the dates of his C.Z. service. Present for the first time werelMr. and Mrs.
E. Bleakley and two children. Mr. Bleakley was born and brought up in
the Canal Zone but since last January they have been residents of Miami.
Mrs. Andrew Farrington (the former Jean Campbell) enjoyed meeting
former Zone acquaintances. Mr. Lyman J. Benthall, a visitor enroute to
Canal Zone, found several old friends in our group. Mr. Earl Gibbs, for-
merly an engineer on the Panama Railroad, was another first-timer.
The Acing President brought as his guests, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Black.
Mr. Black has traveled in the entertainment world and was one of the
original Gold Dust Twins who played the Canal Zone in the early 20's.
He was the one with the fiddle and his partner played the banjo. Mr.
Black favored us with a very clever impersonation of Red Skelton Mailing
Mrs. W. C. Smith, recording secretary, read the minutes of the last
meeting. We were so glad that Mrs. Smith was able to be out. She fell
and broke her wrist at our last picnic and is still under a doctor's care.
It was also good to welcome back Mr. and Mrs. Tony Fernandez. Mrs.
Fernandez was reported ill at our last meeting.
Mr. Jones spoke briefly about the origin of the Southeastern Branch
of the Florida Society and how by each one calling two friends a large
group was rounded up for the picnics.
Someone called attention to the article in the Panama Canal Review
telling of the traffic jam on both ends of the Canal and the tremendous
increase in the number of ships now transiting.
It was noted that quite a few of us are proudly displaying on our
cars the new C.Z. sticker which came in the last Canal Record.
The next picnic of the Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida
will be held August 23rd at one o'clock in the Rock Shelter at Matheson
We deeply regret that almost every one had gone home when several
more visitors arrived, among them Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hudson of St.
Petersburg and their son-in-law, Mr. David L. Bishop, of Canal Zone and
Miami. It is good to know that the Bishops have built a home in Miami
and some day will come to stay. Other late-comers were Sheila, Charlene,
Helene, Doris Bleakley and E. T. Bleakley.
Our president and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Bliss, flew to Canal
Zone in June to visit his sisters and his mother. Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss,
now 79 years young, went to the Canal Zone in 1906 with her ten months
old baby, Gerald Jr. She was one of the six white women in Pedro Miguel.
They had to order all water, milk, and food supplies three days in advance
from Cristobal to be delivered by the Panama Railroad. Mrs. Bliss would
be so happy to hear from some of her friends. Her address is Box 1111,
Cristobal, C. Z.
Nell Ree and Spencer Smith flew up from Panama to spend Mother's
Day with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Smith of Miami. Mrs. Smith,
Sr. had the misfortune to fall and break her wrist at our June picnic. It
will be many weeks before she regains the use of her hand.
Mrs. Curtis Bliss underwent surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa
on June 30th. She is recuperating at her home here at 2251 S.W. 10th St.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Van Horn of Los Rios, C.Z. spent several days
as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Fernandez of Miami. Other Miami
visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Andy Kapius and two children and Mr. and
Mrs. Blade and son.
Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Koperski are enjoying their new home on a lake
in Miami. The new address is 4441 S.W. 62nd Court.
Marilyn and Tom Marsh, Billie Ruth, and Edythe Susan, of Coco
Solo, flew up to Miami and spent ten days visiting her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. I. W. Metzger and the R. F. Koperskis. While there they outfitted
their new Ford Ranch Wagon for camping and took off for the West.
They stopped enroute to see Capt. and Mrs. Raymond Wilson of San
Marco, Texas. In Riverside, California they visited Tom's mother, Mrs.
L. C. Marsh and his sisters, Susie Marsh and Mrs. Helene Marsh Burton
and family, also Bud and Janie Schenhoff all formerly of the Canal Zone.
Their itinerary also included Sequoia, Yosemite, and Yellowstone National
Parks, Minneapolis, Minn. (to see Bill Metzger), Detroit, Michigan
(Tom's old home town), Washington, D.C., and Hopewell, Virginia. In
the latter town they were the guests of Capt. and Mrs. Roy Barber and
family. Capt. Barber was manager of Ft. Gulick Army Store until last
year. The Marshes returned to Canal Zone in July on the S.S. Cristobal.
John David Fisher of Chicago and Bob Arnold Jr. of Detroit stopped
in Miami to greet several friends and then flew to Canal Zone to visit
Bob's father, R. R. Arnold, of Gatun, and to renew old friendships. John
Fisher was born in Canal Zone and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Fisher,
now retired, live in Springfield, Ohio. Driving home the boys called on
Dr. and Mrs. R. R. Gregory at Penney Farms, Florida, the Roy Knoops,
Dow Walkers, and Mrs. Bess Whitson Rayne in North Carolina and
Charles Arnold and W. G. Fishers in Ohio.
Mrs. George A. Walker (nee' Mabel Bliss) of Cocoli, Canal Zone
plans a trip to Miami and will be a visitor at the next picnic of the South-
east Florida Society on August 23rd. She will be the guest of Mr. and
Mrs. Curtis Bliss.
Our hearts have been saddened by the passing from this life of a
number of good friends.
Regularly attending our picnics for many years while they lived in
Miami, were Mr. and Mrs. Norman Storey. Mr. Storey passed away in
Arizona on May 13th. He is survived by his wife, Martha, Box 266,
Youngstown, Arizona, and by two sons, Henry, of Puerto Rico, and Nor-
man of Phoenix, Arizona.
Another faithful member of our Society, Mr. Thomas C. Thompson,
passed away in Miami in July. He had construction service on the Pan-
ama Canal from 1906 to 1914. He is survived by his wife, Carmen, and
a son, Thomas C. Thompson.
Mrs. Anthony Refcofski, formerly of Canal Zone, passed away in this
city in June. She is survived by her daughter, Veronica, of Miami.
News has reached us of the very sudden death of Mr. Denton C. Dick-
inson of Sebring, Florida, on July 18th. Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson were on
a vacation trip to Wisconsin and were having breakfast before continuing
their trip by car when Mr. Dickinson suffered a heart attack and passed
away. Mr. Dickinson was a control house operator in Gatun for many
years. He is survived by his wife who within recent weeks has also suf-
fered the loss of her sister in Melbourne, and a favorite nephew.
Panama Canal Society of Western North Carolina
Picnic at North Mills River
Photo by Barber Hendersonville, N.C.
Lett to Kight-Back row: Mr. Ralph Wanlass, Mrs.Dow Walker, Mrs. Fred O'Rourke, Mr. Joseph R. Behan, Mrs. Behan, Mrs. Wendell Greene, Mrs. J.F. Davidson, Mrs. F.M. Sawyer,
Mrs. J.M. Muldoon, Mr. George Ward, Mrs. Ward, Capt. Frank Reppa, Mr. L.W. Lewis, Mrs. F ank Reppa, Mr. F.M. Sawyer, Mr. J.F. Davidson,Mr. Ross Hollowell, Mr. J.M. Muldoop.
Center row: Mr. Fred O'rourke, Mrs. Roy Knoop, Mrs. Ralph Wanlass, Mr. WendellGreene, Mrs. Ann Kjillander, Mr. Ula Tweed, Mrs. Tweed, Mrs. S. Irwin, Mrs. S. Irwin Jr.,Mrs.Tom
Coleman, Mrs. Bruce Harrell, Mrs. L.W. Lewis, Mrs. Charles Jones & Margie, Mrs. RossiHoll well.
Front row: Mr. Bruce Harrell, Mr. C.L. Johnston, Mrs. Johnston, Mrs. Howell, Mr. C.D. Howe 11, Mr. John Ferguson, Mr. Dow Walker, Mr. Roy Knoop, Mr. Sam Irwin Jr., Dr. Sam
Irwin & grandson Sam, Richard Jones, Young Charlie Jones, Mr. Charles Jones.
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In foreground, left to right: Mrs. Louis Kaufer, Ruth B.
In the back: Chester Lindgren and F. H. Irvin.
Next to tree: Mr. Stillwell ( California Picnic)
Rovertson, Helen Yoder.
Standing: Betty Clements Smith, Jack
Tonneson, Hedy Seedborg, Martin Seiler.
Seated: Mrs. Tonneson, Mrs. Sundberg.
Capt. and Mrs. H. P. Forrest
Capt. M. Peterson, Mr. & Mrs. Englebright,
Mr. & Mrs. Hughes & Sandra, Capt. & Mrs.
Callaway, Mr. & Mrs. Enio Lindstrom
Prentice F. (Pete) Wilson
Santa Rosa, Calif.
News of the passing of another dear friend brings memories of a long
and valued friendship. Mrs. J. S. C. Campbell passed away recently in
Albany, N. Y. Her late husband was Clerk of the District Court in Cristo-
bal for many years. Mrs. Campbell is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Marion
Martin, of Ames, Iowa, and three sons: James, who teaches Engineering
at the University of California in Berkeley; Crawford, an orthopedic sur-
geon in Albany, N. Y.; and Colin, an economist in Washington, D.C.
Our hearts were also saddened by news of the death of Mr. Ernest C.
Cotton in the Canal Zone. Mr. Cotton had seemed so well and happy
when last we saw him on the Isthmus a few months ago.
Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Lewis of Cerro Puenta, in the Volcan, Republic
of Panama, were interesting visitors in Miami and greeted many friends
here. They were outfitting their Camp-wagon for a trip to Alaska via the
Alcan Highway. They planned a leisurely sight-seeing tour of our largest
state and on their return hoped to drive from Alaska to Panama by way
of the International Highway through Mexico and Central America. Ac-
cording to Mrs. Lewis, only that portion between Costa Rica and Panama
Mr. Al Barnes,resigned his position in Canal Zone and with his wife
and son spent several weeks in Miami preparing for their trip to Alaska.
They purchased, insulated and equipped a house-trailer to be used as a
temporary dwelling until they can build a permanent home in our largest
state. Several years ago the Barnes spent 18 months in Alaska and have
now decided to make it their permanent home. They left in May by way
of Seattle and the Alcan Highway.
Our good friend Marie Coulthard reports that daughter, Gloria, and
Gus Holmelin and three children landed in San Francisco on July 21st
after a three year sojourn in Japan. After some sight-seeing in the West
they will head for New York where Gus is employed by the American
Bureau of Shipping.
Bob Coulthard and wife have just moved into their brand new home
in Birmingham, Ala. where Bob is employed by the Alba Technical Tape
Word has reached us that Mr. Aram Hatch has been quite ill in the
hospital at the Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Mrs. Hatch
is with their son Harry in Blauvelt, N.Y. until Mr. Hatch is able to leave
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Willoughby and son Jack were visitors in Miami
in July. They were enroute to Michigan and points North. The Willough-
bys live in Gatun.
Many thanks to the Florida Society for the C.Z. stickers which came
with our last Canal Record. They may lead to some interesting contacts
just as our Canal Zone license plates used to do.
We have just received news of the death of another of our faithful
members. Mr. Orland J. Ridenour passed away on July 27th at his home
in Homestead. He is survived by two sons; Joseph, of Homestead and Lt.
Col. O. J. Ridenour of Kittering, Ohio.
Dates for our next two picnics are AUGUST 23rd and OCTOBER
18th. The program for the October Meeting will feature the FIRST Air-
mail from the United States to Canal Zone delivered by Charles Lindberg
to Gerald D. Bliss, Postmaster at Cristobal, on Feb. 6. 1929. There will
be pictures of this and other historical events.
See you there!
Ruth T. Metzger
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
Mrs. Delmore Whitver had as her house guests in the month of June
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Kleasner of Diablo Heights. Mrs. Kleasner is Edna's
neice. Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Corn were house guests in the month of
July. Harry and Vivian will drive North and pick up the Kleasners and
the four of them will drive to California.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sibus (Altamonte Springs) had as their guests
over the Fourth of July, Mr. and Mrs. E. Havalow of Hollywood, Florida.
Captain and Mrs. John Miller had as their house guests during the
month of June Mrs. Jean Jensen and her daughter Jill who make their
home in Wichita, Kansas and were vacationing here while Mrs. Jensen's
husband, Major Benny Jensen was on a Military Mission in Europe.
Mr. John B. Corliss recently underwent surgery but is back home and
Mr. Leon Koperski was a patient in a local hospital with some form
of a virus but is back home and coming along O'.K.
Received a card from Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos who are spend-
ing three months in Mexico. The card was from Mexico City and appears
modern in every respect, beautiful buildings and wide highways.
Captain and Mrs. John Miller entertained a number of friends with
a buffet dinner honoring Mrs. Louis Schoenfield who is visiting the
Mrs. G. Edgar Murphy has been a patient in the hospital, having
undergone surgery. She is home and feeling much better.
"News from Casa Rohrback"
Mr. and Mrs. William Rohrback entertained a large number of
friends July 4th, with a buffet dinner honoring her house guest and life
long friend, Mrs. Louis Schoenfield of New York. During the afternoon
there was a wonderful Ski Exhibition and after dinner a beautiful fire
works display was witnessed by everyone. Many of the guests were from
the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schoenfield of New York City were house guests,
also Mrs. Anne Williams and her grandson Ricky, from Hamilton, Ohio.
Mrs. Williams is the sister of Mrs. Schoenfield.
Mr. and Mrs. George Bendixen of Key Largo and their two children
were over-night guests and were on their way to Memphis, Tenn. for a
Mr. Lee Carr from Pedro Miguel was their house guest. Lee flew up
for a six week vacation, attending and taking part in the National Skee
Shoot at Vandalia, Ohio. During his stay in the States he will make the
voyage to Chicago via The St. Lawrence sea way.
Hazel and I attended the seventh annual convention, Florida Federa-
tion of Chapters, National Association of Retired Civil Employees, June
9, 10 and 11th at the George Washington Hotel, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Solomon S. Shobe and their son David, from Birming-
ham, Alabama stopped by to say hello. They were on their way to Miami
where they will fly by A.P.A. to the Canal Zone where they will spend two
months with their son and daughter-in-law and their family. Mr. and
Mrs. James W. Shobe and the three children, Stephen, Johnie, and Clover
at their home in Gatun. Jim is employed by the P.C. Telephone Company,
with his office in Cristobal. Shobe and Clover visited their other son,
Richard Lane Shobe, in Ft. Worth, Texas. Richard is employed by the
Convair Airplane Company as Aeronautical Engineer having graduated
from Auburn Polytechnic Institute. The three of them looked fine and
we were sorry that they could not spend more time with us. Hurry back.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollock had as their house guests her sister and
her husband, Mr. and Mrs. George Soder of Clifton, N.J. and while here
the four of them drove to Clifton, Texas and spent 10 days with Mrs.
Pollock's daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. David Tyssen.
FLASH FLASH FLASH
Effective August 1, 1959, Mrs. Giorgia Blessing, 722 Springdale Road,
Orlando, Florida, telephone Garden 2-0396, will be your Regional Rep-
resentative. All items that you wish published in The Panama Canal
Record should be sent to her.
R. L. Wilhite
NEWS FROM THE CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
We really have news this time. On the evening of May 30th the Club
met for a No-Host dinner at Bill Bennett's Grill on Pierce Ave. There
were twenty one present. Many wanted to come but on account of sick-
ness and other good reasons had to miss the evening.
After a good steak dinner, Mr. Milton R. Smith, our President, called
the meeting to order and held the Annual Election of Officers for the
President .....-------------------..Mrs. Peggy J. Ellis
Vice-President ------ Mrs. C. L. Leeser
Secretary- Mrs. Bertha Turner
Assistant Secretary -- ---- Mrs. N. L. Levy
Honorary President... -----.-_-_- Mr. Al. Brown, P.P.
Honorary President --- Mr. Milton Smith, P.P.
The following month a Board Meeting was held at the home of the
Pres. and it was decided that we would have a Summer Picnic in Herman
Park on Aug. 2nd. A letter was sent out to all sixty members and this
was followed by a call to make sure everyone that could come was duly
notified. There was a good response and plans went forward to make this
one of our best meetings.
There were 40 of us that brought our Picnic Lunch Baskets and vis-
ited together in the late afternoon under the oaks and pines of this beau-
tiful Park. Those who could, remained for the Music of Houston's Sym-
phony, "Under the Stars" which was exceptionally good.
Those attending were: Mr. Milton Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Al Brown
and son, Mrs. Peggy J. Ellis and the Boyds of Richmond, Va., her niece
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy and three guests, Mr. and Mrs.
Ross Fincher and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Souder and 3 children,
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Ward and her daughter Poni Polizzi with her husband
and son Larry, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Searcy, Mrs. Joan Stephenson and two
sons and her sister-in-law Mrs. Joyce Standifer, Mr. Robert L. Jordan
and his former wife Mrs. Lucy Sudrin of the C.Z. and last of all, our
old-est "Old-timer" Mr. E. L. Boone who really helped to "dig the ditch".
He couldn't get out of the car, but he got his friend Mr. Whitney to drive
him out to the Park so he could shake hands with us. We do appreciate
Those leaving on vacations at this time are:
The Levy's to New York, stopping en route in North Carolina.
The Turners on a month's vacation, destination not known.
Those who have been in the hospitals:
Mrs. Mamie Sundquist, (Gall-bladder operation).
Mrs. Bertha Turner, (Bunion and cyst removed).
Everyone else is happy and healthy and prosperous. If you hear of
anyone moving to Houston from the Zone, be sure to tell them about
Best of wishes to all of our friends all over. If any of you pass this
way, be sure to contact us and we will give you a Real Texas Welcome.
The Houston Outfit. (Texas talk)
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
For a few hours on Sunday June 1, 1959, Section C of Brookside
Park, Pasadena, seemed a miniature Canal Zone, when about 150 mem-
bers and friends gathered for the first picnic of the year. We had guests
from out-of-town as follows:
Mr. Wayne Nellis, Balboa Heights; Mrs. Guy R. Lord, and son Skip,
Balboa; Mrs. Mattie MacAuley, Bentonville, Arkansas; Mrs. Mary M.
Zemer, Balboa; Mr. and Mrs. George C. Horine, Glendale, Arizona; Mr.
and Mrs. George Engelke, Bentonville, Ark.; Lt. and Mrs. Enio Lind-
strom, Walnut Creek, California.
It was good seeing folks recently arrived from the Zone, some to
make their homes in California; visitors from the Zone and elsewhere,
along with the local folks, old-timers, medium-timers and the young folks
all seemed to enjoy the day. Coffee was prepared and served by Mr. and
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler, Mr. and Mrs. Wunsch, Mr. and Mrs.
Ellis Stillwell, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gilbert, Mrs. Harry Beckman, Mrs. Ethel
Boyd, Mrs. Elizabeth Taber and Mr. Arthur Wynne attended the North-
ern California Society picnic on Saturday June 27, 1959, at Palo Alto.
They report a wonderful time- saw many old friends and acquaintances.
We hope some Northern California folks, as well as friends from other
areas, will be able to attend our picnic on Sunday, September 13, 1959,
at Ferndell, Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
After the picnic, Martin and Virginia Seiler, Mrs. Beckman and Mr.
Arthur Wynne enjoyed a motor trip to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Se-
quoia; saw Jack and Olena (Hutchings) Neff in Sacramento; Hazel
Alsing at Larkspur, California, and Nina Brown in San Carlos. Mr.
Wynne was a guest of the Seilers returned to his home in Washington,
D.C. the latter part of July.
Mrs. Ernest Reimer of Sierra Madre had as her house guests Mr. and
Mrs. Guy Lord and son Skip, of Balboa, Canal Zone. iMrs. Reimer also
entertained Mrs. Marion Kneeshaw of Del Mar, and her sister, Jessie Veit.
We received an inquiry from Dr. Thomas J. Haley, 12007 Thermo
Street, Los Angeles 66. He is interested in meeting or hearing from old-
timers his father was a steamship engineer, lived in Pedro Miguel 1907-
1909 contact him if you know of his father. He says his father died
Mrs. Clarence Keifer of Torrance, received the Cross of Military
Service from the General Joe Wheeler Chapter, United Daughters of the
Confederacy. The citation which accompanied the award was presented
to Mrs. Keifer because of ancestry (her grandfather having been a seaman
in the Confederate Navy) and because of her service as Yeoman 3/C in
the U.S. Navy during World War I.
One of our new members is Dr. Nelson Brayton, of Miami, Arizona.
He served on the Zone for 31/2 years, left in 1909, settled in Arizona,
where he married, has one daughter and 2 grandchildren, and has been
elected five times to the Arizona State legislature. Dr. Brayton served with
Col. Gorgas, whom he greatly admired.
Received a letter from H. H. Hammer he says he is at home, feel-
ing pretty good when he "stays put", and said they were sorry not to have
been able to attend the picnic in June.
Mrs. Estelle McLain is visiting friends and relatives in Norfolk and
Richmond, Virginia; Philadelphia, and New Jersey. She hopes to be
back in California early in September.
Capt. Fred Dear is visiting his mother in Meridian, Mississippi, while
Mrs. Fred Dear and Son Freddie are on a three-month tour of Europe.
Capt. and Mrs. George V. Tawes are on a motor tour of San Fran-
cisco, Seattle, and western Canada, including Banff and Lake Louise.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Bryan, their son Jack and his family, recently
motored to Mammoth Lakes in the High Sierras of California, where they
enjoyed the beauty of the snow-covered mountains.
Mrs. Anna Tonneson, her son Jack and daughter Agnes, are in Eur-
ope, enjoyed visiting relatives and friends and seeing the sights in the
Scandinavian countries and were last heard of from Paris. Mrs Tonne-
son and Jack drove from Los Angeles to New York, where they were met
by Agnes, and they are touring Europe by plane. They will return to
California in August.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Naylor have returned to their home in Monrovia
after a month's tour of Europe, and report a wonderful time. After flying
to New York, they were joined by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Harris, of Knox-
ville, Tennessee, who had been visiting with their son Bob and family in
Middletown, New Jersey. The trip, taken with members of the Desert
Thermal Flying Club, started by plane from Los Angeles and continued
from New York, via KLM line, to England where the group spent five days.
After a boat trip to the Hook of Holland they were met by a new' German-
made bus which took them through Holland, Belgium, Germany (with a
boat trip up the Rhine), Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Mon-
aco and France. While in Paris they had a short visit with Bud and
Frances Poole and two daughters in their home, an interesting French
villa over 200 years old. Bud, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Poole
(retired Gatunites) is in the U.S. Army, assigned to SHAPE headquarters.
Upon their return to New York, the Naylors and Harris' were met by Bob
and June Harris.
Mrs. Alfred Paulsen of South Pasadena will fly to Houston, Texas
on August 7 to visit her son, Robert Elder and his family; also will, visit
her sisters in Lecompte, Louisiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gilbert are home again in Monrovia after having
traveled by train to Knoxville, Tennessee, where they visited with the
Howard Harris family, then to Hendersonville, N.C., to see the Roy Knoop
family, and to Asheville to see Mrs. P. R. Kiger and other Canal Zone
friends. They visited the Elmer Stettler family in Kokomo, Indiana;
and the Beers family in Milwaukee, coming home by way of Colorado
where they visited friends. While in Denver they saw Fred and Loretta
Newhard who had just arrived to visit their daughter Ann and, husband.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Berude are home again after having gone as far
as Chicago on the same train with Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert. They visited
friends in Illinois, Philadelphia, and Arlington, Virginia and in Rhode
Island they saw the Forsstroms. They returned to the west coast via Denver
and Colorado Springs.
Mrs. John M. King (Irma) is at home after surgery at Covina Com-
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert spent several days as guests f the Arthur Beard
family in Oakland, after they attended the Northern California picnic.
Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Stilwell were in Ukiah, California, to visit their
daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Bruce Cook, and to attend the gradua-
tion of their grandchildren: Elizabeth from grammer school, and Bruce
Jr. from high school.
The July 9, 1959, edition of PASADENA INDEPENDENT carried
a very good picture and story of Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Shrapnel, who cele-
brated their golden wedding anniversary. Fifteen-year-old Geneva Bliss
and 17-year-old Peter Shrapnel met at a chataqua in New York, and eloped
to Canada to be married without parental consent on July 8, 1909. The
couple were at home to friends on Sunday to celebrate what they both
called our "first 50th anniversary". Many old friends who knew them on
the Canal Zone called to extend their congratulations and we add our
best wishes to the couple.
With a letter from Stanley Stearns of San Mateo, was a letter of com-
mendation on his retirement from the Navy Department. The citation
traced Mr. Stearns' record from the PRR Commissary Division in 1909
until his resignation in 1914; service in Army Engineers from 1917 to
1919; and service with the Office of Inspector of Naval Material, Los
Angeles, during which time he received the Meritorious Civilian Service
Award, World War II.
We are sorry to report the death of Mr. Hugh M. Thomas of Arcadia,
on July 24, 1959. Mr. Thomas has been ill for some time. All of the
Thomas children have been home for visits recently: Virginia and Ralph
Harvey and 2 children from Balboa, Robert from Gatun, and Hugh Jr.
from the Canal Zone; Thelma and Grace from Salinas and Fresno, Cali-
fornia. Our sincere sympathy to the Thomas family.
Also, we were sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Clarence E. Kiefer
of Torrance, on June 18, 1959, and extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs.
Kiefer and Barbara.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Hughes announce the birth of their grandson,
Thomas E. Hughes Jr. in Germany. Thomas Sr. is stationed in Germany,
in the service, and expects to be back in the States in August.
Mrs. Hedvig Seedborg of Long Beach had as her luncheon guests
Mrs. William E. Hughes (Myrtle Pierson) and Mrs. Lyman Smith (Betty
Clement). They report a wonderful time reminiscing over their school
days and their youth on the Canal Zone.
If any readers are in the Los Angeles area on September 13, 1959,
we hope they will attend the picnic, to be held at Ferndell, Griffith Park
-could contact any of our officers for directions how to get there.
Recently I enjoyed a delightful weekend at La Jolla, California, visit-
ing Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dunlop (Marie Stapf) of St. Petersburg. They
have taken a house at La Jolla for a few months and will probably
start back toward Florida in September. It was so good seeing them -
and we surely had a gab-fest, recalling old friends.
Kindest regards to all our Florida friends -
Thelma E. Reppe, Secretary
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Mrs. Herbert Mitten (Peggy), and daughter Christine of Balboa are
visiting her mother, Mrs. Frances Horter at the Park Hotel. Mrs. Horter
is convelescing from a short recent sojourn at the St. Joseph Hospital.
Previous guests of hers, were her daughter, Mrs. Marion Connor and a
son and daughter of Caracas, Venzuela, who went to Minnesota from here
to also visit Mrs. Connor's sisters, Ruth Spooner and Joan Lundy, and
husbands and families, before returning via N. Y. to Venezuela.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Horter Jr. and children of Balboa also visited
Mrs. Horter and then went southward to Mobile, before returning to C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jordan and the Robt. Harringtons of C.Z. were also
guests of Mrs. Horter. They were enroute from California, going on to
Mobile, and then to N. Y. to take the P.R.R. Line down to Panama.
The Fred Atkinsons who planned to spend the summer in the Chesa-
peake Bay area with the Norman Andersons of Balboa, are now with their
other daughter, Mrs. Vigo Larsen of Panama, who came up for treatment
of a malady and is in a N. Y. hospital. While the Bill Bartholomews were
driving Eastward they stopped enroute to visit Joe Eckert in Pa. where a
message from Maine awaited them, saying that Mrs. Allen Boyd, Mrs. Bar-
tholomew's mother was quite ill. So with the Dick Taylors they are con-
stantly at the bedside of their gravely ill mother at a local hospital. While
there, Allen Bartholomew their son, here in Hot Springs, took suddenly
ill and is a patient in St. Joseph's Hospital. No doubt all are encouraged
by the report that he is convelescing.
Mr. O. Hunter from St. Petersburg drove up here to take our health
baths and to visit old friends.
Mr. Lynn E. Cottrell was a 'two time' patient in St. Joseph's Hospi-
tal recently, undergoing two major surgeries. We're glad that he is able
to be at home and recovering nicely. The Cottrells have a home on
Music Mountain overlooking beautiful Lake Hamilton. They plan soon
to take a trip to Wisconsin, their former home.
Mr. Harold Sandborn ('Sandy') and son, David, from Checotah,
Oklahoma, were greeting friends here in early June, then were going home
to prepare for a journey to California to visit kinfolks.
Grover and Billy Bohan of Jonesboro were in the city for a State
committee meeting of NARCE on June 13, then visited all the local C.Z.er's
and called upon those in the hospital, too. They departed early next AM,
the 14th, for Springdale to join the N. W. Arkansas C.Z. group for their
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Bantun of Canal Zone have been visiting in the
home of the Commanding Officer of our Army and Navy Hospital, Col.
and Mrs. James L. Murchison, about the first week of July. The Bantons
and the Murchisons became close friends during the Murchison tour of
duty in C.Z. in '53 to '55.
Some of our folks are staying at home this summer, amongst them are
John Walker and Bill Burns. Henry Pilot is planning a trip to Iowa to
see his home-town friends there.
Mrs. Essie Shirley is slowly recovering from her last sojourn in St.
Joseph's. She's looking forward to a visit from Bill and Carrie Mathues
from Springdale, soon.
Mr. Ed Boggs, a former 'Atlantic Sider' is a visitor in Hot Springs
and is residing at the Chapel Hotel.
Mr. and Mrs. David Gatz of Jackson, Miss. and formerly of Balboa,
are in town. Mr. Gatz underwent serious surgery in St. Joseph's Hospital
and we're happy to report that he is recovering.
A letter from Lavina Pierce and son Franklin of Orlando, Florida,
said they were to tour Alaska latter part of June and part of July. We
hope they enjoyed the wonders of the 49th State!
Jack and Ann Reinig will be hosts soon to kinfolk arriving from N.Y.
During this season, the grass has been growing vigorously and Jack
and Ann have been busy in their garden and with lawn mowing. Jack
draws crowds of spectators who are fascinated by his robot lawnmower's
performances. Tis quite an uncanny scene, to watch the machine perform
-go backward and forward,-all alone (seemingly) and finally, the
lawn is nicely mowed! Folks, you should see it! Jack believes in letting
the mower do all the work-and he be really retired, while it works!
Heinie Hallin and son, David, from Fayetteville, were doin' the town
and visiting friends here lately. Mrs. Hallin and daughter, Elizabeth, went
to points 'Back East' to visit friends and relatives.
Frances S. Dorn
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
The outstanding activity in recent months of the Panama Canal Society
of Northern California was an all-day picnic held on June 27th at Flood
Park, located in the town of Menlo Park. It was a beautiful day and for-
mer Canal Zone folks journeyed from far and near for a delightful get-
together with old friends and acquaintances. Adding to the pleasure of
the day was the presence of a number of visitors from southern California,
from Arkansas, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Washington, D. C., as well
as a number of vacationers from the Canal Zone.
From the Los Angeles area were Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler (Mrs.
Seiler is president of the Panama Canal Society of Southern California);
Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Stillwell; Mrs. Ethel M. Boyd; Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Gilbert; Mrs. Elizabeth M. Taber; Mr. and Mrs. E. Henry Wunsch; Miss
Hilda Beckman; and Mrs. Wyllis Rocker Leonhard.
Vacationers from the Zone included Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCon-
aughey and sons Bob, David, and Will, visiting the Harvey McConaug-
heys in Oakland; Mr. and Mrs. John Fawcett and daughter Linda, visiting
the Sydney Nevilles in Los Altos; Mrs. May Belle Clemmons; and Mr.
and Mrs. Hayden Jones and daughter Sandra.
Other out-of-state visitors included Mr. and Mrs. George N. Engelke
and Miss Mattie MacAuley of Bentonville, Arkansas; Mr. Arthur W.
Wynne of Washington, D.C.; and Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Light of St. Peters-
burg, Florida. The Engelkes spent three weeks in Southern California
visiting relatives, and then came to the Bay Area to visit their son John
and his wife, and to be present on the important occasion when both of
them received degrees from the University of California. John received
his doctorate in chemistry, and is now employed with the Stanford Re-
Mr. and Mrs. John Pettingill of the Canal Zone Schools Division,
recently spent a portion of their vacation in San Francisco, and visited
briefly in Los Altos with the Sydney Nevilles and the Yoders.
In May, Mrs. John Byrne arrived in Napa for a weeks' visit with the
Ernie Paynes and the Chester Lindgrens. During her stay a number of
parties were given in her honor. She departed for the Zone and her duties
at Gorgas Hospital on the 21st of June.
Miss Donna Smith, daughter of Vera Mitchell Smith, is spending the
summer with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Mitchell, in Oak-
land.. Donna lives with her parents in Texas.
Captain and Mrs. Harry Bach of San Rafael have had their brother
Albert Bach and his wife and daughter as house guests for the past week.
Miss Sandra Ryll, daughter of the Dale Rylls of Phoenix, visited in
Los Altos with her grandparents, the Sydney Nevilles, for a few weeks,
and to be with her cousin, Linda Fawcett, during the visit of the Fawcetts.
It is with sadness that we report the death of one of our most active
members, Mr. George E.. Coffey, on Monday, July 27th, at his home in
Oakland. Some weeks ago it was necessary for him to undergo major
surgery, since which time he had been seriously ill. While on the Canal
Zone he was employed in the Electrical Division, having left there in
1937 to establish his home in California. Mr. Coffey was the son-in-law
of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Beard. Sincerest sympathy of their many
friends in this area and members of our society goes out to Mrs. Coffey
and to the Beards.
Mrs. Emmett Zemer of Panama visited friends in this area recently.
She came to California to attend the wedding of her youngest daughter,
Shirley, in Carmel in June, and stayed over awaiting the arrival home
from Germany of Mr. and Mrs. James Wright and family. Mrs. Wright
is the former Phyllis Zemer. The Wrights spent the past two or three
years in Germany, and have returned'to their former home in San Jose.
Helen H. Yoder
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Picnic time is here and our Society held the first of the season July
3, at the North Mills River picnic area, and what a pleasant gathering
it was. The area was beautiful beside a mountain stream and the rhodo-
dendron in full bloom. 48 members and guests attended. Everyone was
delighted to see Mr. and Mrs. Ula Tweed, as Mr. Tweed had been so
very ill. Also Mr. and Mrs. Dow Walker who have been away. Guests
were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Jones and 3 children of Coco Solo, C.Z. Mrs.
Jones (Lois) is the daughter of Ross and Margaret Hollowell, and Mr.
and Mrs. J. R. Behan, Weaverville, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ward.
The very sad news came to us of the sudden passing of Ernest Cotton
while on the Canal Zone. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to his family.
Mrs. C. D. Howell reported that the A. B. Coles recently moved into
their new home.
Mrs. H. E. Redmond fell and broke her leg
Mrs. Loretta Prather is visiting Mrs. Florence Lafford here in Hen-
dersonville at present.
Clinton Wanlass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wanlass, is a Civil
Engineer at the Mobile Air Force Material Center.
Rose and Johnny Johnston are happy to announce the arrival of their
second grandson, Scott Lester. The proud parents are Albert and Ann
Johnston, Spartanburg, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. T. Fullman, Balboa, C.Z., were the house guests
of Barbara and Tom Coleman a few days in July. Mr. Fullmani is the
Recorder of Abou Saad Shrine Temple, and was returning from attending
the Shrine Convention in Atlantic City. The Fullmans, with Tom and
Barbara, spent an evening with the Johnstons.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred DeSill were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Wendell Greene for several days in July. While there Mildred and Wen-
dell were very gracious hosts at a cocktail party for Ruth and Fred and
their many friends in Hendersonville. After leaving the Greenes, they
went to Washington, D.C. and New York and then on to the home of
their daughter Mary, (Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Peck, Jr.) Boston, Mass. to
become acquainted with their first grandchild, a recent arrival.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Davidson, Hickory, N.C., were recent guests of
Mildred and Wendell.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Harrold, Coco Solo, C.Z., visited the C. D.
Howells enroute to New York. Mrs. Wm. Hatteress and aunt, Mrs. L. A.
Dixon were also June visitors.
Dr. and Mrs. S. S. Irwin flew to Clovis, New Mexico in July to visit
Lt. and Mrs. D. D. Phillips (daughter Martha) and greet their recently
Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Knoop are very happy to have son Bob, wife
and baby Sandra Lynn, of Milwaukee, Wis. with them for a visit.
Tom Kelley, Jr. is home for a 9 day visit.
Mr. Oscar Hunter, St. Petersburg, formerly Balboa, was a recent
visitor at the Kelleys. When returning from Greenville recently, Trudy
and Tom were very surprised to find Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Meyers and son
Kenny, and daughter Marion waiting for them. Mrs. Meyers is Trudy's
cousin whom she had not seen for many years.
Rose and Johnny Johnston were very happy to have Johnny's mother,
Mrs. Alice Johnston, and sister, Mrs. Gilbert Woodring and son Paul,
with them for several days in July. They live in Phillipsburg, Pa.
Ed and Bobbi Levy are anticipating the arrival of Ed's son and wife
and children of Panama City, R. de P. David has been here before, but
it will be the first time in Hendersonville for his family.
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Mitchell just returned from a 2 weeks visit with
Mrs. Mitchell's sister, in Bradford, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Dunlop, formerly Balboa, now La Feria, Texas,
were the recent house guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Muldoon. They were
enroute back home via Hendersonville, having been to Plymouth, Mass.
to visit Mrs. Dunlop's sister, and also stopped in Washington, D.C. Mr.
and Mrs. Muldoon took them to visit all the friends who now live here.
Mr. Dunlop pilots his own plane with Mrs. Dunlop as co-pilot.
Mr. Fred W. Maurer of Dahlgren, Va., formerly Cristobal, C.Z., very
pleasantly surprised the Fred O'Rourkes in July for an overnight visit.
He is at the U. S. Navy Proving Ground in Dahlgren. Were also happy
to have a short call from Clem Genes and a visit from Walter Williams.
Mr. and Mrs. Clem Genis, Margarita, were the house guests of Capt.
and Mrs. Frank Reppa in June for several days. While here, Mildred
and Clem, Emma and Frank had a joint celebration of their wedding
anniversaries, an event which started on the Canal Zone.
Ross and Margaret Hollowell drove to New York May 31 to meet
daughter Lois and family (Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Jones), Coco Solo, on
June 2. They were arriving on the Chistobal. Before returning home,
they all spent 21/2 weeks visiting Charlie's brother, sister and other rela-
tives; then a week-end with Ross's brother Marion and wife. Arrived
home June 20. While here, Lois and Charlie took a trip back to Dela-
ware, then visited friends in Philadelphia, New Bedford and Cleveland,
while Margaret and Ross were happy baby sitters. They all are leaving
August 10 via Norfolk. Will stop at Marion's home before time for Lois
and family to sail back home on the Cristobal.
A happy Summer to all.
Betty 0' Rourke
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, D. C.
The twenty-fourth annual meeting of the Society was held at the
Sheraton Carlton Hotel on Saturday, May 16, 1959. General Robert E.
Wood (U.S.A. Ret.), former chairman of Sears Roebuck and Co., was
the Guest speaker. General Wood, who had a key role in the building of
the Panama Canal from 1904 to 1914, charges that the Soviet Union is
seeking to encircle the Panama Canal and Carribean Nations and to "un-
dermine the sovereignty of the United States" over the Canal. Some 150
members of the Society turned out to honor General Wood and Mrs. Wood,
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Thatcher and other old timers who had a hand
in carving out the "Big Ditch". Special guests were General Robert Wood
and Mrs. Wood, Congressman William K. Van Pelt (Wisconsin) and
Mrs. Pelt, General Bonner Fellers (U.S.A. Ret.), General Glen E. Edger-
ton, former Governor of the Panama Canal, and Col. Wallace M. Hale,
Chaplain of U.S. Army. The new officers installed were, Frank M. Hill,
President; Clarence L. Chapin, Vice-President; Matthew O'Hearn, Secre-
tary-Treasurer; and Joseph A. Cheeseman, Chairman of the Executive
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Jack and Grace Scholefield of Peckville, Pennsylvania, send thanks
for the Panama Canal sticker. It is on their DeSoto for all to see.
Lawrence F. Cotton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Cotton of Cristo-
bal, was graduated with the first class at the new U. S. Air Force Academy.
His first assignment, after graduation, will be to enter pilot training at
Spence Air Base in Georgia.
Carl and Ethel Wanke, of Whittier, California, send greetings from
sunny California. Carl and Ethel are fortunate in having their three sons
and families, including ten grandchildren, close by. Carl Jr. has an
executive position with the U. S. Navy, Ronald B. is an investigator for
the U. S. Civil Service Commission, and Dick has been with the L. A.
County Sheriffs Department for six years. For picture of the Wanke clan,
Ethel and Carl left the Coast on June 10th for a leisurely trip to the
East Coast and the Shrine Convention at Altantic City. They will visit
friends enroute and will be traveling for about two months.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Sundquist, former longtime residents of the Canal
Zone, are visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. Med-
linger of San Francisco de la Caleta, Panama. Their daughter, Connie
Sundquist, and a friend, Miss Etta Smith, made the trip to Panama with
them. The Sundquists now make their home in Houston, Texas.
David A. Speir, Jr. has been appointed Assistant Principal at Balboa
High School to succeed Harold Zierton who is retiring. Mr. Speir will
assume his new duties on September 1, 1959.
Bill Bolz sends best wishes from Costa Mesa, California. They see
the Jack Careys and Bob Seaveys quite often at Laguna Beach where they
are living at present.
Mr. and Mrs. Edmund T. Bleakley are now located in their new home
at 6120 Gratigny Drive, Hialeah, Florida. They will be happy to see
any of their friends who may be in that area.
Willie Gaudette writes that he is feeling much better after a twenty-
one day stay at the Mayo Clinic. During his stay in the clinic, he had( a
Mr. and Mrs. Fred I. Nobles have purchased a new home at 5240 B,
98 Terrace, Pinellas Park, Florida. They celebrated their forty-third
wedding anniversary in their new home on June 5, 1959.
Mae and Glen Lewis from El Volcan, R. P., and who were recent
visitors in the St. Petersburg area, are making their way, slowly, to Spo-
kane, Washington. They are visiting friends and relatives along the way.
Their destination is Alaska via the Alcan Highway.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Thompson of West Asheville, N. C. send best
wishes to all. They do not get to see many of their old Canal friends, so
appreciate the reading of their activities in the Canal Record.
Major General Glen E. Edgerton and Major General Julien L. Schley,
former Governors of the Canal one, and also members of the Panama
Canal Company, Board of Directors, took a tour of the St. Lawrence Sea-
way and inspected the two major installations on the United States side.
They were guided on the tour by Edward Barlow, formerly Control House
Operator at Miraflores Locks and now chief of the locks operations for
the American Corporation. The tour included the two major installations
on the United States side and the Snell and Eisenhower locks, which
together lift ships 90 feet on the way toward the upper Great Lakes.
Fred Sprecken left Florida for his annual trek to the North. He
will visit in Michigan and in Chicago before going to Atlantic City to
attend the Shrine Convention. Fred will return to St. Pete in September.
Mr. Roy McKenna took a trip up north, returning to St. Petersburg
on June 17th.
John T. (Iron Legs) Stahl is at it again. This time he is walking
from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee, Florida. When last heard from,
he was in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since his retirement, Stahl has walked
more than 13,500 miles through the United States, Mexico, Central Amer-
ica, and Europe.
Mr. and Mrs. James McFarlane of Havana, Cuba, leave in July on
an around the world tour, on the S.S. President Polk. They will leave
from New York enroute to the Pacific, via the Panama Canal. They will
return to New York in November.
Judith R. Lindsay graduated from Whitworth College, in Spokane,
Washington, on June 9th. Judith is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
R. Lindsay of Balboa Heights, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton A. Smith of Buffalo, N. Y. have purchased a
home in Massy, Maryland. They will be next door to their old friends,
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Heite.
Mrs. Anna Wikingstad of St. Petersburg has been a visitor in Tennes-
see with Ruth and Helen and at the Hoyt Lakes, in Minnesota, with her
son and daughter-in-law. She planned to return to Florida in June.
George T. and Emma T. Cotton, formerly of Monrovia, California,
are now on the Canal with their son, Arthur T. Cotton, Postmaster
at Balboa. They plan to make their home on the Canal Zone.
W. R. McCann, one time Pan Canal Constructor, now of Hopewell,
Va., has taken a very active part as a voluntary member of Hopewell's
Hospital Authority. This group of nine members developed plans and
followed through with the construction of an expanded hospital, facility
to a complete reality. Hopewell is now proud of this new hospital which
was dedicated, with appropriate ceremony and open house, on Sunday,
May 17th including suitable expressed appreciation for the volunteers
of the Hospital Authority. We have noted with interest and feel some
reflected Pan Canal satisfaction in seeing Canaler McCann pictured on
the front page and given due credit in a recent Virginia newspaper for
a job well done.
James Lowrie Doran, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Doran of Diablo
Heights, has been appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
He will enter the Academy on July 1, 1959. James graduated from Bal-
boa High School in the class of 1957. He joined the Navy the following
March and following ,boot camp, he was assigned to the United States
Naval Academy Preparatory School at Bainbridge, Maryland,
Col. James C. Parker, the new Commander of the Nike Units at South
Park, Pa., is the youngest officer to hold the reins 'of the defense forces
in that area. Col. Parker, recently returned from Korea, is thefather of
six girls. He is a parachutist and gliderman and has;held several artillery
commands. He is the son-in-law of Mrs. W. P. Hunt and the late Col.
W. P. Hunt of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Captain William H. Gaines, Jr., his wife Lou (nee Louellen Zent of
the Canal Zone), daughter Sharry and son William H. III, left for Eng-
land Sunday, June 28th after a five week visit with their parents, William
H. and Della V. Gaines in Zephyrhills, Florida. They drove from Califor-
nia to Florida visiting friends and relatives enroute. Also they enjoyed
visiting many points of interest in Florida. Especially delightful was
their visit with the Helens Dudack in Orlando and meeting many former
Canal Zone friends at the Panama Canal Society of Florida picnic at
Captain Gaines has been assigned to the Strategic Air Command of
the United States Air Force for the past seven years and has just completed
a three year tour at Headquarters Fifteenth Air Force (SAC) in Riverside,
California. Also he has served in Greenland, Alaska, Japan and Guam.
He and his family are presently enroute to England for a three year tour
of duty at another major headquarters.
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice H. Thatcher flew to Montreal, Canada, to attend
the formal opening ceremonies of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Mrs. William Cary Dunn of Starkville, Miss., writes that their mile-
age is not very high, but they run to Norfolk, Savannah, Mobile, or even
farther, to see their boy when he hits port.
Hugh McGinnis of Santa Susana, California, claims that your eight-
ieth year brings on manana fever. Despite this, he keeps busy on Com-
munity doings and July 4th celebration.
Mrs. Gladys Webb of Buchanan, Virginia, writes of her busy life on
a 90 acre farm and of all the fine, vegetables and berries she put in her
freezer. We would like some of her fresh asparagus and the scads of
black raspberries she has.
Mrs. Alice Barnes, St. Petersburg, took off for a vacation trip to
Canada. She expects to be gone about one month.
Mrs. Margaret Peterson of St. Petersburg, Florida, flew to the Canal
Zone for an indefinite stay with her son, Tom, and his family.
Helen and Lawrence Adler of Panama City R.P. have been enjoying
a tour of Europe. They were last heard from in Portugal enroute to Spain.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Hudson of St. Petersburg, Florida, spent the
month of June in Miami with their daughter and son-in-law, the David L.
Bishops and their daughters, Helene, Charlene and Sheila, who were on
vacation from the Canal. Captain George F. Hudson and family who were
also on vacation were there also for a week before leaving for Bangor,
Maine. Counting all relations, there were eighteen relatives present at a
kind of family reunion. While there they attended the Miami group's
Picnic at Matheson Hammock where they met Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Metzger,
the Edmund Bleakleys and the family, also other Canal folks who are
permanent residents of Miami.
WE ALL LOSE
Everyone in the Damariscotta area who heard of the death of Christy
Schjeveland was shocked and felt a personal loss. A vibrant person, he
has made himself well known and loved by not only his own parish,
but by many, many outside. He contributed much to the community in
which he lived.
Not often has such an ideal situation existed in a community as has
been here religious wise. The clergymen of our four churches have been
closer than is often the case. When Father Gillis was ill in Portland; and
Christy, as he was known to most of us, was ill, they exchanged notes
amusingly worrying about the state of religion in the area with two of
them out of the running. Rev. Lewis Jones went to call on Christy Tues-
day after having arranged to supply our "Prayer for Lent" this week in
place of Christy, who was ill, as a good friend.
We shall miss his happy smile and his willing work in any place
where he could help. It has been a privilege to know him.
The above, from a Damariscotta, Maine, paper, shows the regard
and high esteem in which the community held Christy Schjeveland. Dur-
ing the funeral services on March 14, 1959, all stores and\ places of
business were closed.
The Philadelphia Inquirer carried a story of a 79 year old man
who was admitted to a home for the aged as homeless and unable to live
on his $33 Social Security check. Investigators at the home found he had
worked as a foreman on the Panama Canal from 1907 to 1913 and he was
awarded the old timers pension with a check for $15,992.
Roman Catholic priest, Marcus McGrath, has been named Dean of
the Faculty of Theology of Chile's University at Santiago. Father McGrath
was born on the Canal Zone and is the son of the late John McGrath. His
mother is Mrs. Harry Scheibler. Father McGrath was ordained to the
priesthood in 1949. Later, he studied in France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
Col. Powers has retired from the United States Army Engineers Corps
and has accepted a position with the New Lincoln Center project in New
York City, as Executive Director of Construction. The project of seven
structures will house a new Metropolitan Opera, a new New York Sym-
phony, and five others, under the heading of "The Performers Arts". Col.
Powers is the son-in-law of Mr. O. T. Marstrand.
Ralph J. Chittick, former Balboa Magistrate, was recently elected a
member of the West Hartford, Conn. City Council. Mr. Chittick is Asso-
ciate Counsel for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.
After 37 years as an Educator, William A. Sawyer retired in June as
Principal of the Patchogue-Medford School District in New York. Mr.
Sawyer was Principal of Cristobal Schools in the early 1930's. The Saw-
yers plan to make their home at Lake Bryan in Orange County, Florida.
Mrs. Ann De La Mater of Greenville, N. C. will leave July 18 for
Chicago to attend Pilot International Convention to be held at The Palmer
House. From there she will go on to California to visit her daughter, Lois,
whose husband, Lt. Col. James O. Crutchfield, is attached to Hamilton Air
Force Base. The Crutchfields live at 1110 Cambridge Street, Novato. Mrs.
De La Mater will also visit friends in the Los Angeles area before return-
ing to Greenville.
Bernice Wilson of Santa Rosa, California, writes that she and Pete
are busy, well and happy. She is active as a real estate broker and Pete
is with Sonoma County on a new project for Water Supply and Flood
Control. (For picture of Pete, see cut).
Mrs. A. Lyle Prather of Washington, D.C. has returned to her home
following a trip to Panama, Mexico, and California.
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Monsanto of Iowa City, Iowa, report enjoying
visits, this spring, from several former Canal Zone friends. Among their
visitors were policemen Glass from Gamboa, Young from Pedro Miguel
and Glen Rhyne and son from Balboa, C.Z.
Major Gustave J. Braun, Jr., has been assigned to the 32nd Medium Tank
Battalion in Germany, near Frankfort. Mrs. Braun and the two girls will
stay at her mother's home in Floral Park, N. Y. until they get their trans-
portation to Germany. Mrs. Braun is the former Margaret Cauthers,
daughter of Mrs. Isobel Cauthers.
Mrs. Selma Wainio is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Herbert L. Staples
of Louisville, Kentucky. She will return to Miami in the Fall where she
makes her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R. D.
Capt. E. J. Erickson of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, writes that Mrs.
Erickson has been in the hospital for minor surgery. She is getting along
nicely. Their daughter and two boys are visiting them.
Mrs. Ella E. Wertz of New Orleans had a bad auto accident last
Christmas day. The car ran off the road, turning over several times and
was completely demolished. Mrs. Wertz suffered brush burns, bruises and
a dislocated shoulder. She sends best wishes to all and with a new car,
she hopes to make the next Canal Zone reunion in Florida.
Dr. Georgia Reynolds writes that her Dad, Thomas Reynolds, will be
eighty-six in September. He has been in rather poor health for several
months. He would like to be remembered to all his old friends and if any
should happen to be in Baltimore, he would appreciate a visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto A. Moore have sold their home in Bloomfield and
are now living in Crane, Indiana. They expect to retire the end of this
year and will be heading for Florida to decide on a location for their
Mrs. D. M. McLaren of Boston, Mass. spent a few weeks in Orlando,
Florida, with her daughter, Phyllis, Mrs. Joseph R. Barkley, and to greet
the Barkley's first baby, a boy. Mrs. McLaren says she is now a grandma
to two boys and two girls.
Pat Coakley of Grand Rapids, Michigan, writes that Jim has been
transferred to Selfridge Air Force Base after an overseas assignment. Jim's
wife and two children have been visiting with them for several weeks. Pat
also reports that son, Pat, has moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Edith Cooley has returned home from a trip to Temple, Texas, where
she visited with her folks, General and Mrs. H. C. Dooling, and helped
them celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Congratulations to Gen. and Mrs. Dooling from the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser have moved to Florida following Mr.
Fraser's retirement. They are now occupying their new home at 3875
18th Avenue North, St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Trendon Vestal of Balboa, C.Z. were recent visitors
in Florida. They also spent some time in Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard H. Dworak of Gulfport, Florida, enjoyed a
week of rest and fishing in the Crystal River section of Florida and a
week of touring and visiting friends in South Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Shrapnel, former Canal Zone residents, and
now of Pasadena, California, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary
at a reception at their home on Wednesday, July 8, 1959. Among the
friends who called to congratulate the Shrapnels were many former Canal
Zone residents. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Shrapnel from the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Mrs. Robert W. Glassburn came to the States in June for her son
Paul's graduation from Williams College, after which they went to Europe
for a tour and to see Mrs. Glassburn's grandson, Robert Charles Dawson
in Nice, France, son of the former Constance Glassburn. Paul Glassburn
received an offer, from the Dean of the University of Florida, of an Assist-
ant Professorship in the School of Economics this year while studying for
his Masters Degree.
Etta Attaway writes that her son, Albert, and his wife, Sally, of
Arlington, Texas, have adopted a baby boy. He was born April 14, 1959
and came to them in May 1st. He has been named Jeffery Stuart Attaway.
Etta has just returned to her home in Texas after a visit in California with
her sister and nieces.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sill were in Hendersonville, N.C. in July. They
came up from the Zone to welcome their grandson, born on July 20, 1959
to their daughter Mary. The new arrival has been named Theodore Abbott
Mrs. Arthur A. Verner is the new president of the Women's Republi-
can Club of Cumberland, Maryland. While she keeps busy with Civic
affairs, Mr. Verner is presently in England.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Everett of St. Petersburg have been touring through
several northern states enroute to Michigan and Canada. They report a
The correct address for Mrs. Volanti Saphir is 3220 Medway Street,
Silver Spring, Maryland.
Ethel Hodnett's grandson is a Ham Radio Operator in charge of the
shack at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala. He operates the station from
September to June and frequently calls Panama and South America for
the Spanish American students in the College.
Edith McLaren Hicks, with her daughter, Donna, were recent visitors
in Orlando for a stay with her sister, Phyllis.
Virginia McLaren McWilliams and her husband, John, recently made
a tour of Alabama and Florida.
Mrs. Jessie Grimison of Balboa, C.Z. and her granddaughter, Janice
are having a grand tour of Europe. When last heard from, they were in
Mrs. Virginia Ormsby Craig and daughter, Rhonda Mae, are at
present making their home with Mrs. Craig's father and mother at 2400
N.E. Pompano Beach, Florida. Mr. Craig will join them when he retires
Helen E. McKeown of Balboa writes that her daughter, Arlene, her
husband and two boys are living on the Zone. He is with the Canal Zone
police. Her son, Bill, graduates from college this coming August and plans
on going into Navy flight training. Her youngest boy, Tom, is a radar
man on a destroyer escort in the Navy.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Dunlop spent the summer in California but are
returning to St. Petersburg in September.
Mrs. Jean B. Mann, daughter Sherry and son Raymond, spent a
month with Grandpa and Grandma Kieswetter, while their Daddy was
at camp in Wyoming. After spending part of every day at the Beach, they
returned to their home in Kansas with a fine Florida tan.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Post of St. Augustine, Florida, had a pleasant
surprise in June when an old family friend, W. W. Johns, dropped by for
a visit. Mr. Johns is an old Oil Plant employee and would like to hear from
any of his old friends. His address is W. W. Johns, 328 West Locust St.,
Sgt. G. A. Martin and five children from Margarita, C.Z. were the
guests of Mrs. Martin's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent
Bradley in Philadelphia. As soon as they could get their new station
wagon, they came to St. Petersburg where they were the guests of Mrs.
Martin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley. They were joined here by
Mrs. Martin who flew up from the Zone after a sojourn in Coco Solo Hos-
pital. They left on August 4th for a visit with George's folks and will sail
from New York on August 14th. They will be entertained in New York
by Mrs. Martin's brother, Louis Bradley, who will have them as guests on
the N.B.C. To-Day Show, starring Dave Garroway.
Col. and Mrs. David Tiger of St. Petersburg, Florida, enjoyed a won-
derful jet flight to Buffalo, enroute to Canada, for a visit with their son
and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David H. Tiger. On hand to greet them
upon arrival was their six months old granddaughter, Rita Holly Tiger,
born on January 1, 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil M. Banan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. have enjoyed
visits from several Canal Zone friends. Among them, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie
Hunter, enroute to the Zone from a European trip, Mr. and Mrs. Mel Gold-
strohm and son Petey who are on a circle tour of Florida, Ed and May
Stokes of West Hollywood, Florida and Bob and Grace Sheldon. Capt.
Allan Wallace also stopped by for a visit. The Banans visited Army
friends in Lakeland and on returning found they had missed a call by the
S. S. Shobes who were enroute to the C.Z. for a visit with their son
Jimmie and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Deakins and sons, Randy and Terry, of
Diablo, C. Z. spent several weeks with Roger's mother, Mrs. Fred B.
Deakins of St. Petersburg, Fla. They then visited at the home of Mrs.
Deakins' mother, Mrs. Robert B. Randall of Tampa. They attended the
July Society picnic at Lake Maggiore.
Mrs. Floyd A. Robinson, (Leta) and her daughter, Vaudie, of Mar-
garita, C. Z. also spent a month with her mother, Mrs. Fred B. Deakins,
and attended the August Society picnic at Lowry Park.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Passmore, of Pinehurst, Ga. and their
young daughter Carol, visited the home of her parents, Lt. Col. and Mrs.
Robert B. Walker. Mrs. Passmore is the grand-daughter of Mrs. Fred B.
Deakins, who is very proud of her new great grand-daughter.
Can anyone furnish the verses to an old chanty used on the Big Ditch
by foremen of gangs of West Indians and others? One verse goes as
Struggle and strain, hustle and heave,
The strong may bear what the weak may leave,
All in one, one in all,
Bend your backs to the Foreman's call,
There are several verses and Mr. B. B. Gibbs of Montebello, California
would appreciate it if anyone could supply any or all of them.
LATE, LATE NEWS
The death of Mrs. James Samuel Campbell, a former resident of Cris-
tobal, Canal Zone, occurred on May 8, 1959, at her home, 93 South Lake
Avenue, Albany, New York. Her age was 81.
Mrs. Campbell, the former Marion Adele Jennings, was a native of
Summit, New Jersey. In 1910, she was married to Mr. James Samuel
Campbell, a lawyer, of Cooperstown, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell
moved to the Canal Zone in 1918. Mr. Campbell was for many years Clerk
of the U. S. District Court in Cristobal. Mrs. Campbell was a member of
the Cristobal Union Church and was active in the Sunday School and
ladies organizations of the church. At his retirement in 1936, Mr. and
Mrs. Campbell moved toCooperstown, New York. In 1949 they moved
to Albany, New York, to be close to their son Dr. Crawford J. Campbell.
Mr. Campbell died in 1956.
Mrs. Campbell is survived by three sons, James S. Campbell of
Orinda, California, Dr. Crawford J. Campbell of Albany, New York, and
Colin D. Campbell of Hanover, New Hampshire; a daughter, Mrs. Marion
Martin of Ames, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Henry J. Simpson of Albany, New
York; and 13 grandchildren.
Leslie W. Fone, 58, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died on July 10, 1959
after a long illness. He had been a farm machinery dealer in Matamoras,
Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Eveline, two daughters, Mrs.
Margarita Conger of Houston, Texas, and Mrs. Pat King of Beeville, and
a son, Donald Fone of Atmore, Alabama; also by three grandchildren.
He was the son-in-law of Mrs. Mary McDonald of Tampa, Florida.
News has been received of the recent death of Carl Howe, who died
at his home in Sioux Fall, South Dakota. He worked at Mt. Hope, C.Z.
in 1912 and 1913. 'He played basketball and baseball on the Mt. Hope
teams. He had been Court reporter in San Francisco, Calif., studied law
and passed the bar examinations, and for the last few years had been a
Judge. He retired on July 1, 1959.
Hugh M. Thomas, Sr., former Superintendent of the Gatun Locks,
died in Arcadia, California. Mr. Thomas was a Panama Canal employee
from 1909 to 1947. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs.
Virginia Harvey of Balboa, Mrs. Grace Garcia of Fresno, Calif., and Mrs.
Thelma Wyman of Salinas, California; also by two sons, Robert and
Hugh, both on the Canal Zone. There are nine grandchildren.
With Panama Canal traffic at a near record level in June, former
records for a one year period were surpassed in the past fiscal year in
the number of transits and' the amounts of cargo and tolls. Cargo ship-
ments for the year aggregated 52,165,938 tons, with tolls and toll credits
amounting to $46,546,620. For the first time in the Canal's history, tran-
sits exceeded the 11,000 mark. Transits for the year totaled 11,191.
During the month of June, shipping lines were unhappy and the pilots
were complaining of months of overtime running to 60 and 70 hours.
Despite a 24 hour shift and 38 ocean going vessels passing through the
Canal daily, there were as many as 44 vessels lined up awaiting admit-
tance. The pile up, the likes of which has never been seen in the peace
time history of the Canal, practically ended on June 28th. On that day,
there was only two holdovers to lead off the parade of 34 more ships
arriving for transit.
Governor W.'E. Potter authorized a two hundred and fifty dollar a
year increase for Canal pilots, in a letter to the Governor, the Pilot's
Association announced a rejection of the wage increase which they pointed
out amounts to 68 cents per day.
On June 27th, a delegation of Pilots met with Governor Potter to
discuss the question of wages and working conditions. The meeting came
in the midst of the worst traffic pile up in the history of the Canal. During
that time, Pilots worked as much as 70 hours a, week to keep the ships
moving. William S. Tyson, legal counsel for the U.S. Panama Canal
Pilots said that the morale of the pilots is lower than at any time in the
past five years. According to Capt. Harold T. Longmore, President of the
Pilots Association, the morale of this highly skilled force is at an all
Governor Potter reports the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal
has approved a speed up of the Gaillard Cut widening, in view of the
growth in Canal traffic, which exceeded all predictions during the past
fiscal year. Work will start immediately in preparation of the next cut
widening project along the West bank of Empire reach. This project,
with the present widening of the two reaches between Pedro Miguel and
Contractors Hill, is part of the plan to widen the cut for its entire distance.
The Panama Canal will ask for bids for the manufacture of 21 to 29
towing locomotives and three electric cranes as replacement for present
equipment. The new locomotives will be more powerful and speedier and
will weigh about 45 tons each and will have two towing cables controlled
by level-wind winches to give towing and braking capabilities from any
position. Each cable will have a maximum available tension of 35,000
pounds. The new electric cranes are to have traction units which will be
interchangeable with the towing units. They will have a maximum lift
capacity of ten tons and be equipped with 35 foot booms.
After Saturday, June 20th there will no longer be a Cristobal Com-
missary. Atlantic siders will do their shopping in Coco Solo, Margarita,
or Gatun. Part of the first floor of the Commissary building will be con-
verted into a railroad passenger station and the remainder of the building
probably will be used for personnel office and storage.
Contractor John V. Carter lost the Canal Zone's first $1 an hour test
case. The United States,District Court in Cristobal, has ordered Carter
and his firm to pay 34 employes a total of more than $10,000. This rep-
resents the difference between what they were actually paid for work on
a Coco Solo naval base contract and what they would have earned had
Carter paid them $1 an hour Federal minimum wage.
Ten employes of the Panama Canal organization who were injured in
the explosion aboard a Norwegian, ship five years ago, and survivors of
five who were killed, will split $120,000 which the Canal has collected
at law in their behalf. 'The blast occurred February 6, 1954. Two Ameri-
cans died as the result of the blast, John Cole, Stevedore foreman, and
Chemist Walter C. Fedde.
Aquilino Boyd and Ernesto Castillers Pimentel, two opposition poli-
ticians, have sounded a call for the "peaceful occupation" of the Canal
Zone by Panamanians on Nov. 3, 1959, Panama's Independence Anni-
versary. Boyd and Pimentel were the first to call for a 50-50 split of the
gross income of the Panama Canal, between the United States and Panama.
They propose that students and citizens of Panama enter the Canal Zone
in good order, perhaps carrying national flags, and occupy the zone sym-
bolically (and effectively). They plan to sit down on the curbs of all the
sidewalks, on the benches of all the parks, on the steps of the administra-
tion building under the palms on the Prado, at the portals of all the
churches and public buildings. The sponsors compare such a move to
the passive resistance movement in India before World War II.
THE EDITOR'S PAGE
FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
All members please write to their Congressmen and Senators to urge
the passage of the new bill for health insurance for present retired em-
ployes, similar to S. 2162. All Narce members should read, carefully,
the President's message on Page 5 of Retirement Life.
Perhaps we should have said, at the top of this page, that the dead-
line for the December issue of the Record would be November 1st.
Frequently, items of interest are sent in after the deadline and when
they do not appear in the Record, the senders wonder why. 'All material
for each issue of the Record, goes to the printer jone month before the
date of issue. Please keep this in mind. Thank you.
Our thanks to all our representatives for getting their reports to us
before press time. We, also, thank all who sent us clippings and items of
interest. The deadline for the next issue of 'the Record will be Novem-
ber 1st, 1959.
We were happy to receive some pictures from our representatives
which appear in this issue. We will gladly print pictures taken at your
various picnics. Try'to have them as close up as possible,and all prints,
glossy, please. Incidently, after looking at the picture of the Wanke clan,
don't you think that Ethel and Carl 'have much to be proud and happy
about? And don't they all look, wonderful?
If the Record doesn't 'seem up to par and you think the Editor is
slipping, excuse it please. We have had our daughter and her peanut
butter duo, Sherry and Ray, plus 'their dog, Betsy, here for [a month.
Never a dull moment. However, we will miss them when they are gone.
"A touch of honey tells you why."
NEW MEMBERS AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS
The following have been added or addresses changed or corrected since the
June Record. (*) denotes change or correction.
Cherry, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C.-P. O. Box 1276-----------------Cristobal
Culp, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C.-P. O. Box,79------------------------Balboa
Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. William R.-P. O. Box 102 ---------------- Margarita
*Frick, Mr. and Mrs. Robert ;W.-P. O. Box 571---------------------Balboa
Herr, Mr. and Mrs. Robert S.-P. O. Box 783-- -- Balboa
Hudson, Capt. and Mrs. George F.-P O. Box 1050 ----------------- Balboa
Koontz, Mr. and Mrs. G. Leroy-P. O. Box 732 -- -------------- Balboa
Lombroia, Mr. and Mrs. A..R. P. 0. Box "I" -- ----------------Balboa
Lundy, Mr. and Mrs. W. E.-P.O. Box 116----------------- Balboa Heights
Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Harold W.-P. O. Box 553 -- ---------- Margarita
Pickenpaugh, Mr. and Mrs. C. H.-P. O. Box 83--------.---------- Rodman
Romigh, Mr. Earl V.-P. O. Box 178 --------------- ---Gamboa
*Smith, Mrs. Helen L.-P. O. Box 735------ ---------------- Balboa
*Sullivan, Mrs. S. Harry-P. O. Box 1856 ----- ----------------Balboa
Tribble, Miss Julia-P. O. Box 862 ------------------------ Balboa
Tully, Mr. and Mrs. George A., Jr.-P. O. Box 3011..----------- .Cristobal
Worley, Mr. and Mrs. Ovo K.-P. O. Box 133--------------- Diablo Heights
*Jamison, Mr. and Mrs. A. W.-1145 "D" Avenue----------------. Douglas
*McLeod, Capt. and Mrs. Miles E.-425 East Puget Apt. 3 --------Phoenix
*Reif, Mr. and Mrs. Walter F.-R. F. D. No. 8----------------Fayetteville
Alsing, Miss Hazel A.-Box 484-----------. ----------_-- -----.. Larkspur
Bliss, Mr. Gerald D. (Bud), Jr.-76 Llewellyn Avenue-------------- Campbell
*Campbell, Mrs. Esther E.-1669 North iCypress-----------------La Habra 1,
*Englebright, Mr. and Mrs. T. E.-9338 Artesia Boulevard ------- Bellflower
*Fitch, Mrs. Fred R.-2511 Piedmont Avenue
c/o Mr. iA. W. Meckel
Apartment 104 ----------------- --- Berkeley 4
*Hamlin, Mrs. Dorothy-397 South Sierra Madre Blvd. -------Pasadena 10
Kopke, Mrs. Emma C.-2015 Mitchell Avenue------------------- Oakland 1
*Langdon, Mr. and Mrs. C. L.-868 West Foothill Blvd.----------- Monrovia
*Ramey, Mr. and Mrs. Otis M.-Bon Air Apts.-83 Carle Enconte---San Rafael
*Simon, Capt. and Mrs. Andrew W.-1313 Escalona Drive---------Santa iCruz
*Tribolet, Lt. C. T.-2820 Sycamore Avenue--------------------- La Crescenta
*Will, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F.-237 Oakview:Drive-Apt. 24-E -- San Carlos
*Smith, Mr. Walter R. (temp.)-P. O. Box 69--------------------Rowayton
*Allexan, Mr. Joseph-235 Sunrise Avenue------------- ---- Palm Beach
*Barrett, Mr .and Mrs. Robert L.-7001- 60th Way North-..--- Pinellas Park
*Bleakley, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund T.-6120 Gratigny Drive --------- Hialeah
*Calvit, Mr. and Mrs. Charles G.-1044- 28th Avenue No.---..St. Petersburg 4
Christner, Mrs. Sara B.-1501 Shannon Avenue
Indialantic ------------------------ Melbourne
*Craig, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L.-2400 N.E. 10th Avenue ...-Pompano Beach
*Eder, Mr. and Mrs. Edward E.-3452 Buchanan Street-----------.Hollywood
*Fraser, Mr. and'Mrs. Andrew-3875 18th Anvenue North----St. Petersburg 13
Glancy, Mr. and Mrs. John T.-1401 Park Drive--------------------Leesburg
Gorin, Mr. and Mrs. Paul-270 N.E. 175th treet---------North Miami Beach
Hart, Mr.'and Mrs. Max-3110 West Waters Avenue-------------. Tampa 4
*Johnson, Mrs. Chester R.-4097 46th Avenue No.--------- St. Petersburg 14
*Kuhrt, Capt. and Mrs. Walter H.-4000 20th Avenue No..--.St. Petersburg 13
*Marcy Mr. and Mrs. Henry G.-7121 N.W. 19th Court------- West Hollywood
*Murdoch, Miss Jessie-Sunset Hotel 7409 Central Ave.-----St. Petersburg
*Nash, Mrs. Hugo-3641 S.W.. 14th Street ---------------------- Miami 45
*Nobles, Mr. and Mrs. F. I.-5240-B 98 Terrance------------___Pinellas Park
Pabon, Mr. and Mrs. Manuel-170 Edgehill Terrace----------- Port Charlotte
*Pennock, Mr. and Mrs. Winchell T.-5520 24th Terrace No.-St. Petersburg 10
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. David S.-5260 33rd Avenue North-- St. Petersburg 10
*Tarflinger, Mr. George T.-811- 16th Avenue North-------- St. Petersburg 4
White, 'Mr. and Mrs. R. W.-14 South Barrancas Avenue----- Warrington
Worth, Mr. and Mrs. William H.-325 West Grove Street ----- Lombard
*Moore,'Mr. and Mrs. Otto A.-Box 215-------------- ---------Crane
*Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. H. Doyle-c/o T. J. Ruph-------- -------- Brooks
*Staples, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L.-1707 Berry Boulevard--------Louisville 15
*Schjeveland, Mrs. Christy-20V2 Summer Street------------------ Augusta
*Colston, Mrs. H. Dean-216 Nottingham Road-------------- Hagerstown
*Harrover, Miss Eliza Etta-9210 Central Avenue-------------- Landover 1
*Moreland, Mrs. F. L., Sr.-9210 Central Avenue----------------Landover 1
*Simms, Mrs. Emerson-Route 1----------------------- ---Princess Anne
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Milton A.-P. O. Box 142--------------------Massey
Hoff, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W.-129 Rumsey Avenue--- ----------Lansing 12
Nielsen, Mr. and Mrs. Albert-Box 55-------------------------Stanchfield
Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. R. D.-145 Wabash Avenue------------- Ferguson
*Wood, Mr. and Mrs. William G.---------------------------------Noxon
*Barlow, Mr. and Mrs. Edward-52 Clarkson Avenue-- --- ------.__ Massena
*Braun, Major and Mrs. G. J., Jr.-32d MED.TK.BN., 13 CAVALRY
3rd ARMORED DIVISION
APO 39------------------ New York
*Brown, Mr. and 'Mrs. Frank N.-35 Vly Road- Box 353 --------- Albany 5
*Forbes, Mr. and Mrs. R. E.--------- -------------------- Parishville
*Laughlin, Miss Mary-Saint Zitas Villa------------------------Monsey
MacDonald, Mr. Charles L.-Box 128.------------------------- Woodstock
*Meagher, Miss Helen-TUSAFG JUSMMAT
APO 254 ------------------------------- New York
*Tydeman, Mr. B. G.-141 North Broadway -- ------------ White Plains
*Giavelli, Mrs. Anne M.-1545 Central Drive --------------------- Concord
*Rille, Mr. and Mrs. E. Jack-118 Manning Drive-----------------Charlotte 9
Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. 'J. H.-Route 1, Box 42------------ Castle Hayne
*Morgan, Rev. and Mrs. C. L.-5903 Chillicothe Road.----------.Chagrin Falls
Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Charles V.-6643 Swanton Street-------- Whitehouse
*Sonneman, Col. and Mrs.. O. F., Jr.-80 West Baltimore Ave.-----Lansdowne
*Albritton, Mr. and Mrs. E. R.-4305 El Campo Avenue-------- Fort Worth 7
Ellington, Dr. and Mrs. J. C.-207 Tophill Road-------------San Antonio 18
Felchak, Miss H. C.-4801 Culmore Drive --- ------------- Houston 21
*Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Milton R.-4115 Mischire ---------------- Houston 25
*Whitlock, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew A.-3906 Law Street --------- Houston 5
*Bernard, Col. and Mrs. J. T.-4912 Old Dominion Road-----------Arlington 7
Sullivan, Mr. James A.-4710 Dayton Ave. Apartment 7---------Seattle 5
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1960.
Address ............-......-.....-............... ...........................
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. The Canal Record, our news booklet, is issued quarterly, and a
Year Book is mailed to members in December of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January. Members coming
in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
Please add 10c to check to cover banking charge.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
POST OFFICE Box 11566,
ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
DUES $3.00 PER YEAR. PLEASE ADD 10c TO ALL CHECKS (Bank Charge)
Name- ---.--..-----. ---_. .--------
Wife's Name_-____ _-..-.-- ----------- -----
Address ---. ..--------- --.- --- ------.-- -- -.-.- -. .
City-.___... ---------------- -- ----- State ---_______ -
Number of Years on Canal --. ..-__ -----.- ----...
What Division -. ..---- --- ...........---------- -.
Amount Enclosed ----------- ----.. ..-----
Mrs. Koperski, Mrs Skeels, Mrs. Metzger
OFFICERS OF HOUSTON CLUB
Tilley Levy, Irene Lesser, Peggy Ellis, Bertha Turner
Mr. and Mrs. F.F. Hargy, St. Pete Miss Mae Didson, St. Pete.
C apt. Macon Turner of St. Pete, Mr. Oscar Lindstrom, Bismark, N.D.
Mrs. Charles L. Persons of St. Petersburg
Mrs. F. F. Hargy of St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Dorgan, Camden, New Jersey
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. MacSparran, St. Petersburg, Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Permit No. 603
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
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